Whistleblower Representation for Reporting Fraud in Government Procurement Contracting
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto represented top army contracting officer Bunnatine Greenhouse.
Greenhouse exposed illegal no-bid contracts awarded to Halliburton for the Iraq War in Greenhouse v. Army Corps of Engineers.
KKC successfully represented the whistleblowers in a qui tam case against Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contractor Kieger Enterprises. The whistleblowers provided information to the government that Kieger Enterprises had stolen from the World Trade Center Bombing relief efforts along with other disaster related frauds. As a result of the whistleblowers’ disclosures, all of the company’s executives pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison. The whistleblowers obtained recoveries based on the fines levied against Kieger Enterprises.
Government Procurement Fraud violates the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act is 31 USC § 3729-3733. The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act allow persons and entities with evidence of fraud against federal programs or contracts to sue the wrongdoer on behalf of the United States government. In qui tam actions, the government has the right to intervene and join the action. If the government declines, the private plaintiff may proceed on his or her own.
Violators of the False Claims Act are liable for three times the dollar amount that the government is defrauded and civil penalties of $5,000 to $10,000 for each false claim. A qui tam plaintiff can receive between 15 and 30 percent of the total recovery from the defendant, whether through a favorable judgment or settlement. To be eligible to recover money under the Act, you must file a qui tam lawsuit. Merely informing the government about the violation is not enough. You only receive an award if, and after, the government recovers money from the defendant as a result of your suit.
If you have knowledge of Government Procurement Fraud and would like to know how Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto can help you with your case, please contact us by completing our Consultation Request Form.
For more information, see our resource page on the False Claims Act or visit the Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto Blog.