Attorney Ryon McCabe – Guest Columnist of McCabe Rabin, P.A.
Ripping off the government is big business. Every year, dishonest businesses cheat the government out of billions of dollars. Here in South Florida, one of the most common scams is healthcare fraud. Indeed, due to our large elderly population, South Florida is often referred to as “Ground Zero” for Medicare fraud.
Unfortunately, cheating the taxpayers is nothing new. During the Civil War, dishonest defense contractors ripped off the Union Army by selling barrels of sand labeled as “gunpowder.” The problem became so great that President Abraham Lincoln passed a law known as the False Claims Act, which offers rewards to private citizens who report fraud against the government. President Lincoln’s law is still around today, and it is still going strong, offering cash rewards to courageous whistleblowers who report fraud against the government. – including Medicare fraud
Almost anyone can be a whistleblower. To claim a reward, the whistleblower must first file a legal case under seal, advising the government of the details of the fraud. The government then investigates the case while it is under seal, meaning the defendant does not know about it. At the end of the investigation, the government may impose a fine against the wrongdoer. If this happens, the whistleblower may be entitled to a reward of up to 30% of the fine.
Every year, the Department of Justice recovers billions of dollars against fraudsters who have cheated the taxpayers, and it pays hundreds of millions of dollars to courageous whistleblowers who brought cases under the False Claims Act.
If you believe you have information about Medicare government fraud, or any other government fraud, call Ryon McCabe for a free evaluation of your case.
McCabe Rabin, P.A.
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