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Qui tam whistleblowers have contributed in assisting the federal government battle scams by federal government specialists. One typical kind of procurement scams that has been the topic of qui tam suits happens when a federal government specialist, in sending claims for services, utilizes per hour pay rates related to labor classifications, regardless of understanding that the workers carrying out the services did not please the agreement requirements for those labor classifications set by Department security.

An agreement with one of the military services may call for the professional to offer engineering services, and it may ponder that some services will be carried out by a junior engineer at a rate of $75/hour, while other services will be carried out by a more senior engineer at a rate of $125/hour. The agreement may specify a “junior engineer” as somebody who has at least a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering and 2 years of pertinent work experience while specifying a “senior engineer” as somebody who has at least a master’s degree in science or engineering and 5 years of pertinent work experience. If the professional sends claims for payment under the agreement, intentionally using the billing rate for a “senior engineer” for work that was done by somebody who just fulfilled the credentials of a “junior engineer,” or intentionally using the billing rate for a “junior engineer” for work by somebody who cannot satisfy those certifications, the company might be defrauding the Government.

In this sort of circumstance, the professional might be responsible to the Government for treble damages and civil charges under the False Claims Act. A whistleblower who starts the suit under the Act’s qui tam arrangements might be qualified to get 15% to 30% of the Government’s recovery. VSG’s legal representatives have pursued numerous labor mischarging cases on behalf of whistleblowers and the United States. If you know labor mischarging scams, please do not hesitate to call us to go over the scenario.

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