False Claims Act/Qui Tam Defense at the Law Offices of Stanley L. Friedman
Expert Legal Representation in Los Angeles for False Claims Act and Qui Tam Cases
The False Claims Act (FCA), a federal law, primarily targets fraudulent billing and false submissions made to the government. It is a critical tool in combating healthcare and financial fraud. Key to the FCA is its “qui tam” provision, which allows whistleblowers (or “relators”) to file lawsuits on behalf of the government against individuals or entities accused of defrauding government programs. This provision raises the stakes for healthcare providers, as it vastly increases the number of people who might instigate a False Claims Act lawsuit, including employees at the provider’s own medical practice.
At The Law Offices of Stanley L. Friedman, we understand the complexities of the False Claims Act and qui tam litigation. With a rich background as a former federal prosecutor and a seasoned white collar criminal defense attorney, Stanley L. Friedman brings a unique perspective and depth of understanding to each case. His experience in federal law enforcement provides an unparalleled advantage in navigating the intricate legal landscape of FCA and qui tam cases. If you find yourself facing civil liability in a False Claims Act lawsuit in Los Angeles, contact The Law Offices of Stanley L. Friedman for immediate assistance.
Understanding the False Claims Act and Ensuing Litigation
At its heart, the FCA makes it illegal to submit a false claim to the government. FCA cases can involve defense contractors, the education department, and numerous other arms of the federal government. In the context of healthcare, FCA cases most often involve submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal) for reimbursement of medical services provided. In addition, allegations that a medical practice has violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, or in a conspiracy to defraud the government, can also give rise to qui tam FCA cases.
The False Claims Act gives rise to civil liability if the government (or the qui tam relator) is successful. Even though the FCA is not a criminal law, the consequences can be severe. Penalties include fines from over $10,000 to more than $20,000 per violation, and one single case can include many alleged violations. In addition, the government can go after the defendant for treble damages amounting to three times the amount of loss they suffered due to the alleged fraud. The costs the government incurred in investigating and prosecuting the case can be assessed against the defendant as well.
On top of the steep financial penalties, defendants found liable for submitting false claims could also lose their medical license or be excluded from participating in Medicaid. If the FCA case is based on other legal violations as well, such as the Anti-Kickback Statute or Stark Law (physician self-referral), then additional penalties can be tacked on as well.
Tailored Defense Strategies for FCA Healthcare and Financial Fraud Allegations
Our firm focuses on cases involving allegations of healthcare and financial fraud under the FCA. These cases often involve intricate legal and factual issues, requiring a sophisticated approach to defense. We tailor our strategies to the specifics of each case, always aiming to protect our clients’ rights and interests.
Understanding the gravity of FCA allegations, we take a proactive approach to understand and deal with the lawsuit at the earliest stages. We meticulously analyze each case, scrutinizing the evidence and exploring all avenues of defense. Our goal is to identify and implement the most effective strategies to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients.
Qui tam litigation can be particularly challenging due to the involvement of whistleblowers. These cases require a careful and strategic approach, as they often involve extensive investigations and substantial evidence. Our firm is adept at handling such complexities, ensuring our clients receive a robust and comprehensive defense.
Why Choose the Law Offices of Stanley L. Friedman for FCA/Qui Tam Defense?
In-Depth Experience: With years of experience as a federal prosecutor, Stanley L. Friedman offers a unique and insightful perspective on FCA and qui tam cases.
Client-Centric Approach: We prioritize our clients, offering personalized attention and customized defense strategies tailored to the specifics of each case.
Proven Track Record: Our firm has a history of successfully defending clients in complex healthcare and financial fraud cases under the FCA and various federal criminal statutes.
Strategic Defense: Our strategic, proactive approach in FCA and qui tam cases aims to anticipate and counter the prosecution’s tactics effectively.
Confidential Consultations: We offer confidential consultations to discuss your case and provide clear, straightforward legal advice.
Contact Us for Skilled Defense Against False Claims Act Allegations in Los Angeles
If you or your organization is facing allegations under the False Claims Act, it’s crucial to seek experienced legal representation. Contact The Law Offices of Stanley L. Friedman in Los Angeles for a consultation. Our expertise in FCA and qui tam defense can provide the robust legal support you need in these challenging times.