Articles Posted in COVID-19 Fraud

COVID-19 has required unprecedented government spending through the CARES Act and other measures.  That spending creates countless opportunities for theft of funds desperately needed to fight the coronavirus.

The virus has made the nation’s major “whistleblower” law–the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) and similar state False Claims Acts –even more essential. Both the federal and state FCA laws are civil statutes designed to combat fraud directed at taxpayer dollars.

Since its 1986 amendments created the modern Act, the federal FCA has been dramatically successful in recovering many billions of dollars in taxpayer funds from defendants who engaged in fraud or false claims.

As the anxious public yearns for vaccines, treatments, and protections from the virus, the SEC has warned of a “substantial potential for fraud relating to COVID-19. The SEC’s enforcement actions against 23 companies are just the start, as more fraud will undoubtedly be uncovered.

Whistleblowers are critical to the SEC’s efforts to stop COVID-19 fraud.  The SEC Office of the Whistleblower is authorized to pay monetary awards to whistleblowers whose information leads to an order of sanctions of $1 million or more.

Our firm’s lawyers are uniquely suited to bring attention to meritorious SEC whistleblower claims.  Our firm has the only former Senior Officer and Regional Director of the SEC who represents SEC whistleblowers, Walter Jospin.  We have the ability and experience to evaluate a potential Whistleblower claim and determine if it will interest the SEC Division of Enforcement.  If it does not, the case is lost.  Few lawyers have that experience.

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