Fraud against the government costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year and whistleblowers represent one of our best hopes for recovering some of that money and improving the system.
Columbia, South Carolina (PRWEB) September 22, 2016
“Fraud against the government costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year and whistleblowers represent one of our best hopes for recovering some of that money and improving the system,” said Louthian. “Seventy-five percent of the cases brought before the Justice Department under the False Claims Act are turned away. We use our experience to help whistleblowers build a case that will help get them in that 25 percent of cases that result in government intervention.”
The False Claims Act was enacted in 1863 to enable private citizens to take legal action on behalf of the U.S. government. The rewards offered to whistleblowers are a powerful incentive that provides a win-win benefit for both the government and the citizens who have important information about fraud, Louthian said.
Those who help shed light on fraud against the government are awarded a portion of the recovered amount, typically between 15 to 30 percent. For recoveries that end up totaling millions and, in some cases, billions of dollars, the awards can result in substantial payments to whistleblowers.
Medicare alone experienced fraud, waste and abuse that cost taxpayers $60 billion dollars in 2014, roughly 10 percent of the program’s budget, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2015, the Department of Justice reported nearly $2 billion dollars in settlements and judgements from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against federal health care programs.
Louthian’s website provides information to help educate whistleblowers and provide resources that they might find valuable in making the decision to come forward about fraud they have witnessed, he said. The website contains materials for whistleblowers about medical fraud, defense contractor fraud and mortgage fraud, in addition to a whistleblower blog and a page answering frequently asked questions about the whistleblowing process.
Potential whistleblowers can find out more about filing claims through the False Claims Act by visiting http://www.thewhistleblowerlawyer.com/.
About Bert Louthian
For over thirty years, Bert Louthian has been practicing law in Columbia, South Carolina, alongside his father, Herb, providing clients with a collective 80 years of legal experience. Since receiving his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina, Bert has been dedicated to helping those who have been wronged or have witnessed wrongdoing so they can come forward safe in the knowledge that they will be provided the best representation possible.