Carson City, NV (PRWEB) April 29, 2009
Carson City lawyer Tim Terry will present a CLE program to members of the Washoe County Bar Association about the nuts and bolts of the Nevada False Claims Act at a "Lunch & Learn" meeting on April 30, 2009, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Federal Courthouse in Reno, Nevada.
Terry represents Qui Tam Relators (also known as Whistleblowers) in cases involving Medicaid and Medicare fraud, pharmaceutical and pharmacy fraud, economic stimulus program fraud, and other False Claims Acts prosecutions. The Nevada False Claims Act (similar to the Federal False Claims Act and other states' False Claims Acts) permits private citizens who have knowledge of fraud against government programs to help the government in recovering the ill-gotten gains and additional civil penalties. False Claims Acts 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 $10,000 per false claim. And, Terry noted, the Whistleblower normally receives a percentage of the government's recovery for their efforts in assisting the government.
"Since 1986 over $20 Billion has been recovered for Federal and State governments 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 ships 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. 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 Qui Tam attorneys Mike Behn and Steve Cohen of Chicago, Illinois, in the WhistleBlower Action Network (http://www.whistlebloweraction.com).
For more information contact:
The Terry Law Firm, Ltd.