As a law firm who routinely handles whistleblower cases we have a whistleblower hotline. The line enables potential whistleblowers to confidentially and freely discuss their potential qui tam claim. As whistleblower lawyers who only represent individuals who expose fraud, not the companies that commit them, we are dedicated to prosecuting the claims of the people we represent if it’s a case we think is actionable and a fit for our firm.
However, internally within companies, the employer has its own whistleblower hotline to ostensibly report fraud within the company. Take a step back and think how silly that is. Yes, some companies probably earnestly want to do the right thing, but many other don’t, that’s why they committed the fraud itself. When you call a company “whistleblower hotline” the information is received by the company who don’t have the whistleblowers best interest in mind. Instead they are interested in protecting the company. Even at the end of the day lines that are supposed to be anonymous and “protect the employee” oftentimes do not.
Inadvertently, when providing information, it is either singular in nature or so limited in nature that a company who wants to go on a mole hunt for the insider can easily do so. Plus, since the well intentioned person used the internal mechanisms, the company will assume that the person doesn’t have a qui tam lawyer and try to lock them into statements that will damage their own case if they wanted to proceed, or worse yet, document things to try to retaliate and fire the whistleblower.
In short, while calling a company whistleblower hotline may seem like a good idea, it’s perilous. If you feel the need to call one, ask them first whose interested they will be protecting – your or the company’s? I’ll tell you now it’s the company, not you that they are paid from and working for, it’s not you.
The company may encourage you to report all sorts of fraud. If it’s in the health care industry it can be Medicare Fraud, Medicaid Fraud, Insurance Fraud, SEC Fraud, Cryptocurrency Fraud, with many different subsects such as:
- Opioid Over Prescription (a priority of the government)
- Medicare Fraud – Billing for Services Not Rendered
- Medicare Fraud – Upcoding
- Performing Unnecessary Surgery
- Unlicensed Individuals Billing for Medical Work
- Pharmaceutical Whistleblowing – Diluted or Inert Batches. Falsifying Data.
- SEC Whistleblower Fraud – Companies not having the best interest of the client in mind.
Another distinction between calling a whistleblower law firm and an internal hotline is that if you file certain types of cases with the use of counsel you stand to receive a whistleblower award which could be as high as 30% of the recovery.
If you know about a company committing fraud, call our whistleblower line at (877) 561-0000 before calling the company one. You can speak with our qui tam lawyers free of charge and confidentially and we’re not paid unless we win your case.