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Report PPP Loan Fraud Under the False Claims Act for a Potential Whistleblower Award
If you suspect an employer or financial institution has abused the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) you should speak with a whistleblower law firm like Brown, LLC, to understand your rights about how to properly file a claim under the False Claims Act. By filing a False Claims Act lawsuit the correct way through experienced whistleblower attorneys, you can potentially receive a significant whistleblower award for reporting PPP loan fraud.
An employer could engage in PPP loan fraud by falsifying its payroll to obtain extra funds its not entitled to, or by using those funds for personal benefit instead of keeping employees on payroll, but seeking forgiveness of the loan, but falsely claiming it kept employees that were laid off. Financial institutions may also engage in fraud by approving PPP loans they knew or should have known were fraudulent.
The False Claims Act is designed to incentivize private individuals to blow the whistle on fraud upon the government. Under the Act, a successful whistleblower can receive up to 30% of what the government recovers. With the country reeling from the pandemic, unscrupulous individuals inevitably (and immediately) swooped in to steal some of the hundreds of billions of dollars the government made available through the PPP to keep businesses afloat. It’s estimated that billions of dollars have been fraudulently claimed, and numerous individuals have already been prosecuted. Fraudsters have been lining their own pockets and firing up Lamborghinis at the expense of American taxpayers.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to report PPP fraud. If you report it directly to the government without filing a False Claims Act lawsuit through a whistleblower law firm, you won’t receive any financial award even if the case is successful. The Department of Justice is prioritizing the investigation of PPP Loan Fraud and eager to work with whistleblowers and qui tam attorneys who have experience in litigating through the False Claims Act.
Characteristics of PPP Fraud
How to tell if your employer has committed PPP Loan Fraud?
First, find out whether your employer has received a PPP loan. There are various public databases you can consult, and the whistleblower lawyers at Brown, LLC can assist you free of charge in ascertaining that information. However, in order to build a successful PPP fraud case under the False Claims Act, you’ll need insider information that the company either falsified certain documents to receive an unduly large loan and/or falsified their request for loan forgiveness by falsely claiming they used the funds to retain employees when in fact they reduced the size of the workforce..
Mere suspicion that the company obtained a loan when it didn’t need the money is probably not enough for a case if the money obtained was used to keep employees on payroll during the pandemic.
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How PPP loans affect employees
Even though PPP loans are granted to employers, the loans are basically designed to aid employees. 75% of PPP loan funds was meant to go straight to employee payroll costs. Most employees might not even know that PPP loan funds are actually for their benefit, and some employers take advantage of their employees’ ignorance. If your company has received a PPP loan, they are expected to account for how they spend those funds.
In order to build a successful PPP fraud case, you’ll need evidence that supports your allegations that your employer misrepresented payroll data to obtain a PPP loan, or that your employer misused PPP funds.
Brown, LLC helps clients bring actions against all kinds of PPP fraudsters.
How do I report the PPP Loan Fraud Lawsuit?
If you suspect a company or a financial institution has commited PPP Loan Fraud, you should speak with a whistleblower law firm like Brown, LLC for a free whistleblower consultation to learn your rights by calling (877) 561-0000.
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Jason T. Brown was the first attorney in the country to file a battery of cases on behalf of women who sustained blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms, strokes and death from a new Birth control Product. Jason T. Brown’s prior firm was on the PSC (Plaintiff Steering Committee) and served as liaison counsel in the state mass tort action. The firm is no longer accepting new cases.
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$2 Million Dollar Settlement for False Claims Act (Whistleblower Case)
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A case against GenomeDx was brought alleging violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and the California Insurance Claims Fraud Prevention Act regarding unnecessary services such as the testing of tissues that did not need to be tested. The case resulted in a $350,000 whistleblower award.
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Class Action Jury Trial
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Acquittal at Trial
Despite videotaped evidence that the prosecutor alleged incriminated the defendant, Mr. Brown was able to obtain an acquittal at trial for his client. Please note, that while we, the Brown, LLC will provide consultations in defense matters, the firm spends most of its time litigating complex litigation such as class actions, mass torts and catastrophic injuries.
Judgment with Maximum Damages for Wage & Hour Dispute
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Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
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This is a non-exhaustive list of prior results and successes of Jason T. Brown and the Brown, LLC. Past results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
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