Whistleblowers: Helping to Weed Out Fraud

The term whistleblower often conjures up negative images. However, the truth of the matter is that whistleblowers are good for the country as they help to weed out fraud against the government – fraud, which if not discovered, ends up coming out of taxpayers’ pockets.

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Amerigroup Corporation Settles Healthcare Fraud Case for $225M

The Amerigroup Corporation recently settled claims alleging that it defrauded Illinois’s Medicaid program by not enrolling pregnant women and unhealthy patients in the state’s low income program – something it was required to do. An Amerigroup employee was the first to bring a lawsuit against the company which ended up costing it $225 million.

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Whistleblowers Rights – Protection From Employer Retaliation

Many people who discover that their employer is defrauding the government consider bringing a Qui Tam, or whistleblower, lawsuit – but are concerned about their employer retaliating against them. In a recent interview, our expert explained how whistleblowers are protected from employer retaliation.

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Filing Qui Tam Lawsuit Advice

Qui Tam lawsuits – also known as whistleblower lawsuits – are filed by individuals on behalf of the government to expose fraudulent activity. Since fraud, and generally a great deal of money are involved, whistleblowers should understand the process before deciding to file a lawsuit.

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Whistleblower Lawsuits: When Does The Government Get Involved?

Qui Tam, or whistleblower, lawsuits are quite different from other lawsuits in that the government may become involved in the process. We asked Larry Golston, an Alabama attorney whose firm represents clients in Qui Tam litigation, as well as consumer fraud and bad faith insurance litigation, to explain the basic premise of a Qui Tam lawsuit and how and when the government might become involved.

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