FAQs: Whistleblower Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I do if I discover fraud in my company?

We recommend that you call the attorneys at Villanueva & Sanchala, PLLC at 800-893-9645 to schedule your confidential consultation. 

You should also legally gather any documents that can help support your claim.  In other words, you cannot break the law to obtain documents, emails, photos, and other potential evidence.  Be aware that many companies prohibit these activities in their employee handbooks and you should work within their guidelines to gather your information.

Can I get fired for filing a whistleblower claim?

Companies are prohibited by Federal and many state laws from retaliating against individuals who file cases under the False Claims Act or other similar qui tam statutes.

How much of a reward can I get?

You can receive a percentage of the amount of monies recovered.  The amount can vary based on how you contribute to the case.  Our lawyers have always fought to ensure our clients have received the maximum amount due and owing to them.  Call us at 800-893-9645 to learn more.
 
What is the original source doctrine?

The basis for your whistleblower case must be derived from an original source.  In other words, you cannot obtain your information from public documents.


I’m afraid to blow the whistle because I may implicate myself.
Can I proceed with a qui tam action?

You can receive whistleblower compensation if you were part of the fraud provided you were the one that initially came reported the fraud to the government.  If the government presses criminal charges against you, you will not receive any compensation.

My friend in the company has already hired a lawyer to
bring a qui tam action. Can start my own lawsuit too?


You cannot receive compensation if another whistleblower has already filed a qui tam complaint based on the same information.  If you are planning on blowing the whistle, you should discuss your options with our lawyer at 800-893-9645 and do not share any information with co-workers for friends.

What’s the government’s role in whistleblower cases? 
The government may investigate your claim and decide to join your lawsuit.

If you think you have a whistleblower action, call the superb attorneys at Villanueva & Sanchala, PLLC at 800-893-9645 to schedule your confidential consultation.

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