AltmanAltmanLLP Group Photo
Over $100 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Whistleblower FAQ

What is a “whistleblower?”

A whistleblower is a person in possession of pertinent information regarding unethical and unlawful practices performed against the government. By exposing such practices through legal process under the False Claims Act, the whistleblower is protected by law from financial or employment retaliation by the accused party.

What is the Federal False Claims Act?

Originating in the Civil War era of 1863, the Federal False Claims Act allows for legal action against alleged fraudulent activity affecting government programs. More than half of the country’s states have enacted their own False Claims Act laws, in addition to the federal act. Two important legal elements related to the False Claims Act are:

  • Qui tam action – This legal action enables non-government entities to disclose whistleblower information on behalf of the government and themselves. These non-government entities may be individuals, associations, or businesses.
  • Dodd-Frank Act – This law, known as the “Wall Street Tip-Off Law,” protects corporate insiders and stock market professionals who chose to become whistleblowers.
What is the government’s role in whistleblower cases?

Although a whistleblower may proceed with individual litigation, the government will intervene if deemed necessary. The whistleblower typically continues to assist as the government takes over prosecution. If the government declines involvement, the whistleblower may continue to pursue litigation as an individual citizen.

What are the benefits of becoming a whistleblower?

Contributing to protecting the rights of the community, whether on a smaller local scale or larger nationwide scale, takes courage and conviction. Rewards for such action include the whistleblower’s eligibility for 10% to 25% of government recovered funds. If the case is denied legal procedure by the government, the whistleblower may choose to pursue litigation independently. In this case, he or she may recover an even greater amount.

Can whistleblowers be anonymous?

While a specific case is under investigation, confidentiality is paramount. Filed under seal, False Claims Act cases are dependent upon sensitive information which must remain confidential for a certain length of time. Government programs allow whistleblowers to remain anonymous. If the details of the case become public for any reason and the whistleblower encounters retaliation from the employer, the whistleblower has the right to sue for damages.

What are the four categories of whistleblower laws?
  • Tax fraud, investigated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Fraud against state or federal government programs
  • Securities fraud, investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Violations of the Commodities Exchange Act, investigated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
What are some examples of fraud covered under these laws?
  • Tax fraud examples include tax evasion, varying acts of accounting fraud, dishonest foreign tax credits, and misrepresentation of income.
  • Fraud against government programs can include unlawful price inflation on government contracts, failure to comply with government contracts, or supplying the government with defective parts.
  • Securities fraud examples include market or stock manipulation, front running, insider trading, and embezzlement by stockholders.
  • Healthcare and pharmaceutical fraud includes dishonest billing, compensation to doctors of hospitals in exchange for buying or promoting specific drugs, and recommendations by physicians of drugs or medical devices for off-label use.
Altman & Altman, LLP – Massachusetts’ Whistleblower Representation

Revealing fraudulent activities, whether in a medical, pharmaceutical, securities, or financial setting, is a brave choice that takes immense courage. At Altman & Altman, LLP, we believe whistleblowers play a crucial role in exposing illegal activity against the government, on both a state and federal level. Pursuing prosecution against fraud is a complex matter that requires a focused and air-tight legal strategy. The attorneys at Altman & Altman, LLP are committed to seeking justice and protecting the whistleblower’s position and anonymity as we proceed. If you have unique information regarding fraudulent activity against the government, contact us for a confidential consultation.

Client Reviews
It is impossible to say how much I appreciate what you have done for me. "You are great! I will always remember you. It is so nice to win. And yes, that check will do some important things for me. I wish you the best fortune for you with much success in every case you do. Please keep helping folks fight their battles like you did for me. Sincerely," - S. Mathews
On the behalf of all the Bikers in Massachusetts .... Dave Altman is the man you want representing you. He treats you like family from day 1. His team will recovers any and all damages you are entitled too. Tell him Kathy sent you. - Relentless MC
Rick Floor is who I often to go to and he is amazing! Great customer service, and always exceeds my expectations but the whole office is always pleasant and helpful when I call or walk in! - Rita
I am not very good at words. I was involved in a horrible accident. David and his team (Thank You Asia & Rick) are wonderful, talented and compassionate. If it were not for their help, I don’t believe the outcome would be as good as it is. I am glad my case is settled, Altman & Altman are my go to team from now on. Thank you so very much. - Christine F M Teixeira
Exceptional team of attorneys, very helpful and knowledgeable. - Nikki Vee