Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) April 7, 2009
L. Timothy Terry, Principal of The Terry Law Firm, Ltd., in Carson City, Nevada, will address the Las Vegas, Nevada, Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) about the provisions and operations of the Federal and Nevada False Claims Acts at the Chapter's April meeting. The meeting is scheduled for April 9, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., at the Howard Lieburn Senior Center located at 6230 Garwood Avenue in Las Vegas.
Federal and state False Claims Acts (such as Nevada's) permit private citizens who have knowledge of Medicaid or Medicare fraud, defense procurement fraud, economic stimulus program fraud, and other frauds against taxpayers to help the government recover the ill-gotten gains and additional civil penalties. These statutes typically allow the government to collect up to three times the dollar amount it was defrauded, in addition to civil penalties ranging from $5,000 to $11,000 per false claim. And, Terry noted, whistleblowers (also known as "qui tam relators") normally receive a percentage of the government's recovery for their efforts in assisting the government.
"Since 1986 over $20 Billion has been recovered for government through False Claims Act cases," said Terry, former Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada. These laws have their origins in our country's Civil War years when Congress passed the original False Claims Act (also known as "Lincoln's Law") to address rampant fraud plaguing Union Army procurements. Examples of fraud in those days included the supplying of munitions filled with sawdust rather than powder, boots made of cardboard rather than leather, and providing supposedly new ships that were simply old ones with fresh paint.
Terry, who served for over 17 years as the head of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Nevada Attorney General's Office, was involved in over 100 Qui Tam cases and was a leading prosecutor in multi-state prosecutions of such cases under Federal and state False Claims Acts. In 2008 he established The Terry Law Firm, Ltd., in Carson City, Nevada (http://www.theterrylawfirm.com) to represent citizens willing to report fraud against the government. He is affiliated with nationally known whistleblower attorneys Mike Behn and Steve Cohen of Chicago, Illinois, as the WhistleBlower Action Network (http://www.whistlebloweraction.com).
For more information contact:
L. Timothy Terry
The Terry Law Firm, Ltd.
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