The California False Claims Act allows people to file lawsuits on behalf of the government, or qui tam lawsuits, when individuals or companies defraud the state.
Qui tam lawsuits recover money for the state and also provide rewards to the whistleblowers reporting the fraud. Whistleblowers who file qui tam lawsuit under the California False Claims Act are entitled to receive up to a 50% of the total amount of money recovered by the government if the lawsuit is successful. These rewards can be large considering that the government has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars under the California False Claims Act.
Fraud under the California False Claims Act
The California False Claims Act prohibits knowingly doing any of the following to the State of California:
- Presenting a false or fraudulent claim for payment
- Making or using a false record or statement to get a claim paid
- Buying or receiving public property from someone not licensed to sell the property
- Using a false record or statement to avoid or decrease an obligation to pay
- Conspiring to commit a violation of the Act
Free, confidential consultations with our whistleblower attorneys
If you’re aware of a company or individual that is using false claims or falsified documents to defraud the state of California, our local False Claims Act attorneys can review the facts with you to determine if you have a case. Get a free consultation with our whistleblower attorneys by calling toll-free (866) 981-4800 or filling out the form.
Whistleblower protections under the California False Claims Act
The California False Claims Act also protects whistleblowers from employer retaliation. False Claims Act protections prevent employers from discharging, demoting, threatening, harassing, or discriminating against whistleblowers.
Whistleblowers who experience employer retaliation are legally entitled to relief under the California False Claims Act, which provides a means for terminated employees to get their jobs back, as well as back pay and compensation for damages resulting from the retaliation.
Contact us for a free consultation
The decision to blow the whistle on government fraud is a difficult one, especially if you are an employee fearful of retaliation from your employer. Our qui tam attorneys understand the utmost importance of confidentiality and act with discretion at every step of the process.
Speak privately with us at no obligation by calling toll-free (866) 981-4800 or filling out the form.