Expanding Whistleblower Protections: Helping to Recruit Others to Fight Fraud
01/04/2013 // San Francisco, CA, USA // Whistleblower Law Firm // Jeffrey Keller // (press release)
Starting in the 1980’s, the federal government discovered that it could significantly reduce fraud on the government by strengthening its whistleblower laws. In the twenty plus years since then, Congress amended the False Claims Act (which focuses on government contracts) on several occasions and used it as a model for additional whistleblower laws including the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program and the IRS Tax Whistleblower program. These new laws expand the fraud fight to go after tax cheats and those who defraud investors. It’s been an evolution. These laws have been honed to keep improving them and to make them work better for their intended purpose.
And they are working. Year over year the federal government has documented an increase in the number of individuals willing to come forward with important information on these kinds of misconduct. And as more people come forward and more unlawful schemes are reported in the news, the more other citizens become aware of the ways to stop this kind of improper conduct. “It’s kind of like developing the 9-1-1 system,” says Jeffrey F. Keller, …..”The government had to take steps to build the system. Then a few people had to be the ones to start using it. And in time, everyone learned that 9-1-1 was the best and most effective way to report an emergency. We’re doing that now with whistleblower laws and our efforts to fight fraud.”
The more everyone learns how these laws work and how they can both be rewarded for bringing forward valuable information and be protected in the process, the better the system will be as a whole. The country has come a long way in 25 years, but with the amount of fraud still plaguing our economy, there’s still room to improve the system and for more individuals to come forward.
A qualified whistleblower attorney can assist those who have insider information about corporate misconduct or fraud related to government contracts, to root out fraud, waste and abuse.
Before blowing the whistle on fraud or on other corporate misdeeds, seek out the advice of whistleblower lawyers who know and understand the laws that apply to these cases. The whistleblower lawyers of Keller Grover LLP are experienced in successfully handling cases for clients seeking to expose fraud and maximizing their clients’ rewards. Contact the whistleblower lawyers at Keller Grover LLP for a free and confidential case evaluation today.
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