Government Contractor Fraud

Government Contractor Fraud

Government subcontractors and contractors sometimes commit fraud against the government, and their employees play an important role in protecting the taxpayers against it. The federal False Claims Act provides a mechanism by which people can report contractor fraud against the government. If the filed fraud claims are successful, the whistleblowers may receive between 15 and 30 percent of the monetary amounts the government is able to recover as a result. The experienced attorneys at Swartz Swidler are practiced in handling cases for their clients under the False Claims Act.

The government has been able to recover billions of dollars because of the help of the employees and former employees of government contractors and subcontractors. In 2012 alone, the Department of Justice was able to recover $73 million through lawsuits concerning defense contractor fraud. If you have knowledge of contractor fraud being perpetrated against the government, contact Swartz Swidler today for a confidential consultation.

Violations of the False Claims Act

Each year, millions of dollars are lost in the U.S. because of government contractor fraud. These contractors are subject to the requirements of the False Claims Act. If they are found to have violated it, they may be fined three times the total amount of monetary losses that the government has incurred.

Provision of service or products that do not comply with a government or defense contract

Some contractors violate the False Claims Act by providing services or goods that do not comply with their government contracts. These types of violations may include the following:

  • Not providing the contracted quantity or quality of services or goods
  • Not manufacturing products according to conditions specified in the contract
  • Not reporting product defects
  • Using unsafe or insufficient building materials

Fraudulent billing practices

Contractors and subcontractors also sometimes may engage in a variety of fraudulent billing practices. These may include not offering the best price to the government, billing for new goods while using used ones, billing for non-contracted costs, billing for services that were not performed, offering kickbacks, submitting false data for pricing in contract negotiations and others. If you have witnessed a government contractor engaging in fraudulent billing practices, contact the attorneys at Swartz Swidler today.

Violations of safety, labor and environmental standards

Government contractors also sometimes violate safety, labor and environmental standards. Some of these types of violations may include any of the following:

  • Not paying the prevailing wage
  • Improperly disposing of hazardous waste
  • Falsely claiming that goods were made in the U.S.
  • Falsely claiming that a minority owns the business

Confidentiality of reporting

When you meet with the attorneys at Swartz Swidler, your consultation will be confidential. We advise you not to call our office from your workplace and not to email us from a work computer. Your employer will not be notified of your claim unless you decide to file a False Claims Act claim. We will not file a claim for you unless you tell us to do so.

Employer retaliation

Employees are protected under the False Claims Act from any type of retaliation, including firing, demotions, discrimination or other negative job actions when they file whistleblower complaints. If your employer retaliates against you, you may have grounds to file an additional lawsuit against it. Swartz Swidler is ready to help you to navigate the complexities that may be involved in False Claims Act lawsuits.

Solidify your whistleblower role

You must file a whistleblower lawsuit involving government contract fraud within six years of its occurrence. During times of war, the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act places the statute of limitations on hold for defense contractors. When you report fraud, you must be among the first to report evidence fo the fraud in order to be eligible to collect a reward, so it is important to act quickly. The attorneys at Swartz Swidler are experienced in handling complex government contractor whistleblower cases. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.