The False Claims Act, and the false claims act statutes of many state and local governments, cast widely in an effort to encourage whistleblowers to report any type of fraud that results in the government making payments as a result of false claims or false statements. In addition to the major areas of Health Care Fraud, Defense Contractor Fraud, Financial Fraud and Procurement Fraud, there are additional areas of abuse that are commonly subject to False Claims Act litigation initiated by whistleblowers.
Other common areas of False Claims Act fraud include:
- Fraud on the Department of Education by for-profit colleges and other educational institutions making false statements and certifications in support of qualification for federal aid and grant dollars.
- Fraud on the Department of Agriculture’s various subsidy programs including fraud on the National School Lunch Program.
- Fraud on programs administered by the National Institutes of Health.
Hagens Berman represents whistleblowers under the False Claims Act with information on various methods of fraud across several sectors, including those listed above.