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The False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733 generally prohibits a company from submitting false claims to the government to get paid on a government contract. Typical examples of conduct which runs afoul of the FCA include: submitting invoices for services not rendered or products not provided; “up-coding” by billing for a more expensive and extensive service than the one actually rendered; “defective pricing” by lying about how much something might cost; and accepting “kickbacks.” “Reverse false claims,” which occur when the violator takes an affirmative step to avoid an obligation to pay the government, are also fairly common. The False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(1)(d) authorizes a private individual who has knowledge of FCA violations to file a qui tam action in court against the violator on behalf of the government. The private plaintiff in a qui tam lawsuit is called the “relator.” Qui tam cases are filed under seal and the Department of Justice (DOJ) is given the opportunity to investigate the case and intervene is the lawsuit. Once the DOJ makes its decision, which often takes several years, the case is revealed to the public and the violator, and the case proceeds with or without the DOJ’s involvement. Ms. Smith takes the time to carefully and methodically research the validity and value of potential qui tam lawsuits. As a first step in the process, Ms. Smith sends the potential relator a detailed form to complete that will asks specific questions about the nature and scope of the suspected fraud. As a next step, Ms. Smith consults with the potential relator in person to discuss the strength and value of their case, and their options. In some cases, Ms. Smith will contact the Department of Justice (DOJ) to discuss the fraud at issue and to determine the level of governmental interest in the potential case. Because the DOJ chooses not to intervene in the vast majority of qui tam lawsuits, Ms. Smith is likely to recommend a co-counsel relationship, especially if the DOJ declines to intervene. Selection of co-counsel depends on the nature of the fraud and the jurisdiction where your qui tam lawsuit will be filed. As set forth in her ATTORNEY PHILOSOPHY, Ms. Smith will at all times remain your direct point of contact and will see that you get highly personalized, individual attention. If you have information that shows that your employer or any other company may be violating the FCA CONTACT US to schedule a consultation with Ms. Smith to discuss potential FCA QUIT TAM litigation.          

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1624 Market Street, Suite 202
Denver, CO, 80202

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Silverthorne, CO, 80498

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