Whistleblower cases occur when someone comes forward to “blow the whistle” on those companies or individuals who knowingly cheat the government by the fraudulent use of public funds, ie: our tax dollars. In doing so, whistleblowers help the government recover billions of dollars that have been wrongfully paid to those guilty of government fraud.
Bringing action as a Whistleblower (also known as a “qui tam” action) typically begins when an employee in the work place notices that something is not being done as it should. This typically involves finding a “second set of books,” or discovering that a government contractor is involved in bid-rigging or kickbacks in violation of federal government construction contracts.
The Whistleblower, who is also referred to as a “relator,” may be any private citizen, including a current or former employee of the guilty company, subcontractors of the guilty company or a competitor of the guilty company.