District of Columbia False Claims Act

District of Columbia Whistleblower Laws

District of Columbia Insurance Claims Fraud Prevention Act

It is imperative that you speak with a whistleblower law firm about your rights as a District of Columbia whistleblower.  The statutes listed here may not be up to date or may be enforced differently than written.  Also, there are many procedural hurdles to properly file a District of Columbia False Claims Act lawsuit, and if you don’t follow them you may lose your case before it even begins.

Highlights of the District of Columbia False Claims Act:

District of Columbia Whistleblower Awards – Here’s what you can potentially receive as a District of Columbia Whistleblower commencing a Delaware False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit (awards vary depending on whether the government intervenes or not):

Delaware False Claims Act Qui Tam Intervened Relator’s Award: 15% to 25% of the state’s Medicaid recovery.

Delaware False Claims Act Qui Tam Non-Intervened Relator’s Award: 25% to 30% of the state’s Medicaid recovery

Whistleblower awards are based on a variety of factors including but not limited to how useful the whistleblower’s information was, cooperation of the whistleblower and their counsel, and length of time the relator knew about the information and did not blow the whistle.

District of Columbia Whistleblower Statutory Penalties – Defendants who violate this statute by committing Delaware Medicaid fraud or other fraud against the government may be liable for:

  • TRIPLE DAMAGES
  • Fines ranging from $5,000 to $10,000

Frequent Asked Questions regarding how to blow the whistle in District of Columbia:

Q. As a District of Columbia whistleblower am I protected from retaliation?

A. Yes, the District of Columbia False Claims Act protects employees from employer retaliation as a result of their whistleblowing.

Q. Will my employer find out if I file a District of Columbia Qui Tam Action? When?

A. All District of Columbia False Claims Act lawsuits are initially filed under seal so the defendant is unaware that it is being sued. This allows the government time to investigate the case.  Often District of Columbia Qui Tam actions are filed in conjunction with Federal False Claims Act (FCA) actions and it can take years for the case to be unsealed or for your employer to learn about the action.  It is critical not to delay and to consult with a District of Columbia Whistleblower law firm as soon as possible.