Fraud comes in more than one type, and some of it is focused on receiving government funds that are not merited. While honest mistakes can be mad with no attempt to trick anyone, government fraud is all about intent. The act involves choosing deliberate actions with the goal of obtaining funds my means of deception, or by retaining funds that should rightfully be remitted to the government.
Fraud of this type can take on a number of forms. Some examples include:
With these and other forms of government workplace fraud, the tax payer is the one who ultimately suffers. Fraud means money that could be allocated for defense, improving the infrastructure, and providing a wider range of government sponsored services to less fortunate citizens is no longer there. The result is a cutback in government provided benefits. Far from impacting the individual alone, the lack of these resources harms the stability of communities and increases the potential for businesses not engaged in fraud to fail.
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In fiscal year 2013, as per a Department of Justice release, the agency reported a staggering haul of $3.8 billion under the federal False Claims Act (FCA). Whistleblowers – those exposing fraud and corruption in the workplace – were handsomely rewarded for their acts of courage, as they netted a reported $345 million during FY 2013.
Under the stipulations of the FCA, individuals or companies involved in fraudulent activity pay:
Per government reports, the Department has recovered in excess of three billion dollars annually from the FCA since 2009 and returned the money to its rightful owners – the American tax payers. Hence, this is an initiative they plan to enforce with full force. The importance; however, hinges on brave whistleblowers. Recent legislation passed by Congress, such as the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act in 2009 and the Affordable Care Act in 2010, protect the welfare of whistleblowers of fraudulent claims. The New Mexico Protection Act and the Fraud Against Taxpayer Act provider further protection for brave citizens who stand up to this abuse.
Due to the sensitive nature of this matter, we take every precaution to maintain your confidentiality. Along with our efforts, we urge people who become aware of the fraud to take the following actions:
All communication – whether via the telephone or a personal conference – whistleblowers’ identities and information will be kept strictly private.
If you have experienced or witnessed any fraudulent activity in your workplace, you may be able to receive compensation.
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