When it comes to healthcare, Southwest Florida boasts an extensive network of hospitals, walk-in clinics, surgery centers, diagnostic and imaging centers, laboratories, out-patient facilities, medical suppliers, nursing homes, pharmacies, physician networks, and provider groups. Unfortunately, in the healthcare industry, Medicare fraud is all too common, and costs the government tens of billions of dollars each year. Employees who complain, or refuse to participate in the fraud, often suffer wrongful terminations.
For these reasons, the government is willing to pay out large rewards to Medicare fraud whistleblowers, known as "relators". A "relator" is an individual -- often a current or former employee -- with inside knowledge of Medicare fraud, who alerts the government to the fraud, and is willing to participate in the government's prosecution of the fraud under the "qui tam" provisions of the federal False Claims Act.
To be a "relator" in a "qui tam" lawsuit, you have special knowledge about the fraud that the public would not have, and the fraud is based on something you saw or observed first-hand. The more money involved, the better. In fact, substantial money should be at issue, meaning that the fraud is systematic, ongoing, and/or longstanding. You also did not plan or initiate the fraud, although you may have been asked to participate in it. You may have even complained about the fraud, or refused to participate in it, only to have your employer reprimand you or terminate your employment.
You should also have something to support your belief. For instance, our clients typically support their claim with a combination of documents, what they have learned, and what others have told them. (Note: You should not obtain any evidence through illegal means.)
Significantly, to obtain the reward money, the whistleblower or "relator" must be the first to file a lawsuit under the "qui tam" provisions of the federal False Claims Act. For this reason, it is critical, that if you have inside knowledge of Medicare fraud, you do not tell anyone else about it, and call us immediately for a confidential and free consultation with an attorney to discuss your situation, and how we may be able to help you.
Below is a list of common types of Medicare fraud.
If you or someone you know has knowledge of Medicare fraud, please do not hesitate. Call us immediately for a confidential and free consultation with an experienced attorney. There is no charge for the consultation, and no attorneys' fees unless you make a financial recovery. The stakes are high. Act now.
We pride ourselves on our service to and our focus on Southwest Florida: Naples, Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Bonita Springs, Estero, Marco Island, Immokalee, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, North Port, Bradenton, Collier County, Lee County, Charlotte County, Manatee County, and Sarasota County. We have convenient offices in Naples, Florida, Ft. Myers, Florida, and Sarasota, Florida. We also accept Qui Tam Whistleblower cases in Central Florida: Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Orlando, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Polk County, Orange County, and Seminole County.
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