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Whistleblowers Serve Our National Interest

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at 3:28 pm    

Whistleblowers are vitally important during a time of national crisis. The False Claims Act is the primary weapon used by the Department of Justice to combat fraud on the federal government. It was written by President Abraham Lincoln during another time of national crisis – the Civil War. Lincoln wrote the law to enlist the public as private attorneys general to combat rampant defense contracting fraud that was undermining the army. The False Claims Act empowers private citizens with knowledge of fraud on the federal government to hire a lawyer and file suit on behalf of the United States to recover funds wrongfully taken from our federal treasury. For the whistleblower’s efforts in exposing and providing evidence of the fraud, the whistleblower can be awarded between 15-30% of the Government’s recovery.

Report COVID-19 Stimulus Fraudsters

During the time of the COVID-19 crisis and the $2.2 trillion-dollar stimulus enacted by Congress to address the economic impacts of the virus, unscrupulous businesses and individuals are likely to try and take advantage and wrongfully obtain our tax dollars that were meant to help those truly in need.

This fraud may come in many forms: fraudulently claiming eligibility on an application for loans or grants for which the person or business does not qualify; obtaining payroll protection loans and then fraudulently claiming the business met the requirements to have the loans forgiven; fraud in providing equipment or supplies the Government has ordered to combat the virus; falsifying quality tests for equipment ordered by the Government to combat the virus; fraudulently claiming eligibility for stimulus funds for which an individual or business does not qualify. We need courageous whistleblowers to step forward and report this type of fraud.

Liability under the False Claims Act

The False Claims Act holds fraudsters liable in a variety of ways. Liability under is statutory and is based upon a violation of one of the seven subsections of the FCA found in 31 U.S.C. §3729(a)(1). The primary violations are:

(A) knowingly presents, or causes to be presented, a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval;
(B) knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to a false or fraudulent claim;
(C) conspires to commit a violation of subparagraph (A), (B), (D), (E), (F), or (G);
(D) has possession, custody, or control of property or money used, or to be used, by the Government and knowingly delivers, or causes to be delivered, less than all of that money or property;
(E) is authorized to make or deliver a document certifying receipt of property used, or to be used, by the Government and, intending to defraud the Government, makes or delivers the receipt without completely knowing that the information on the receipt is true;
(F) knowingly buys, or receives as a pledge of an obligation or debt, public property from an officer or employee of the Government, or a member of the Armed Forces, who lawfully may not sell or pledge property; or
(G) knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the Government, or knowingly conceals or knowingly and improperly avoids or decreases an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the Government.”

Damages

If a defendant is found guilty of violating one of the seven false claim subsections, 31 U.S.C. §3729(a) provides that the court shall assess “three times the amount of damages which the government sustains because of the act of that person…” The calculation of damages is simply stated – that is damages are the difference between what the government actually paid minus what the government either received or should have paid had the claim or statement not been false. If the Government loans or grants money based on a falsified application, the damages can be three times the amount of the loan or grant.

In addition to those damages, the court must also assess a civil penalty of not less than $5,500 and not more than $11,000 (currently $11,665 to $23,331) for each false claim. For example, each falsified application for stimulus funds, each falsified application for a stimulus grant, each over inflated or falsified invoice, each falsified quality certification, electronic healthcare claim for payment, UB-92, CMS form 1500 submitted for payment would be a separate false claim subject to penalty. The same is true for any document created or submitted to support the claim.

The Whistleblower’s Share

For the whistleblower’s efforts in bringing the fraud and evidence to the attention of the government and prosecuting the lawsuit, a qualifying whistleblower is entitled to share in any recovery by way of verdict or settlement. The amount of the whistleblower’s share is between 15-30% of the recovery depending on a number of factors and the amount of assistance the whistleblower and his or her lawyer provided to the Government.

How to Report COVID-19 Stimulus Fraud to the Government

The attorneys at Hare Wynn have over 60 years of experience handling False Claims Act cases and have recovered over $1.7 billion for the United States Treasury. We can help you prepare your evidence for reporting to the Government so that your case receives the attention it deserves. Contact Hare Wynn for a free consultation on how we can represent you in reporting fraud to government so our stolen tax dollars can be recovered, and you can be rewarded for your efforts and evidence. We handle False Claims Act cases on a contingency basis. If you don’t recover a whistleblower award, there is no fee for our services.


Anderson County – More Details Regarding Car Crash Involving Three Construction Workers

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 4:11 pm    

There are more details regarding a car crash that injured three construction workers.

The crash happened around 4 pm on Tuesday, on the Bluegrass Parkway.

Dillan Waldridge hit Lucas Guinn, Ronald Bickers, and John Wayne Conway while they were paving the road because he was unable to slow his vehicle down.

Guinn and Bickers were taken to University of Kentucky Hospital in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Conway was treated at the scene and was released.

If someone you love suffered severe injuries or died in an accident, you may be uncertain of where to look for help. The Lexington injury lawyers of Hare Wynn have helped many people through the process of fighting for the compensation they need, and are ready to be your champions as well. Contact us at (859) 279-0561 to speak with an attorney today.

Note: Hare Wynn has experience handling many types of accident cases, many of which we report on through this blog. You never get used to hearing about the consequences of serious injuries and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. These postings are put together using available information sourced from recent news articles. As more information is uncovered, sources are often updated. Should information within our posting be outdated or untrue, please contact us so that we may update our posting.

Disclaimer: Serious injuries and fatalities are sensitive topics. The goal of this posting is to improve general awareness of catastrophic accidents and injuries so fewer families have to suffer through their consequences. Hopefully, our blog gives readers knowledge they can use to avoid being injured in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.


Lexington – Injury Crash Shuts Down Road

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 4:03 pm    

An injury crash closed down Georgetown Road.

Details regarding the injuries are unavailable.

It is unclear when the road will be reopened.

If someone you love suffered severe injuries or died in an accident, you may be uncertain of where to look for help. The Lexington injury lawyers of Hare Wynn have helped many people through the process of fighting for the compensation they need, and are ready to be your champions as well. Contact us at (859) 279-0561 to speak with an attorney today.

Note: Hare Wynn has experience handling many types of accident cases, many of which we report on through this blog. You never get used to hearing about the consequences of serious injuries and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. These postings are put together using available information sourced from recent news articles. As more information is uncovered, sources are often updated. Should information within our posting be outdated or untrue, please contact us so that we may update our posting.

Disclaimer: Serious injuries and fatalities are sensitive topics. The goal of this posting is to improve general awareness of catastrophic accidents and injuries so fewer families have to suffer through their consequences. Hopefully, our blog gives readers knowledge they can use to avoid being injured in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.


Irvine – One Dead After Car Crash

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 3:59 pm    

A person is dead after a car crashed head-on.

The incident happened on Spout Springs Road, around 7:30 am.

No further details are available.

Further investigations are ongoing.

If someone you love suffered severe injuries or died in an accident, you may be uncertain of where to look for help. The Lexington injury lawyers of Hare Wynn have helped many people through the process of fighting for the compensation they need, and are ready to be your champions as well. Contact us at (859) 279-0561 to speak with an attorney today.

Note: Hare Wynn has experience handling many types of accident cases, many of which we report on through this blog. You never get used to hearing about the consequences of serious injuries and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. These postings are put together using available information sourced from recent news articles. As more information is uncovered, sources are often updated. Should information within our posting be outdated or untrue, please contact us so that we may update our posting.

Disclaimer: Serious injuries and fatalities are sensitive topics. The goal of this posting is to improve general awareness of catastrophic accidents and injuries so fewer families have to suffer through their consequences. Hopefully, our blog gives readers knowledge they can use to avoid being injured in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.


Lexington – Two Hospitalized After Car Accident

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 3:55 pm    

Two people were taken to the hospital after a car crash.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Parkers Mill Road and Man O’ War Boulevard, Wednesday morning.

A silver sedan crashed because the driver was drunk.

Parkers Mill Road was closed for more than an hour as crews clean up the scene.

If someone you love suffered severe injuries or died in an accident, you may be uncertain of where to look for help. The Lexington injury lawyers of Hare Wynn have helped many people through the process of fighting for the compensation they need, and are ready to be your champions as well. Contact us at (859) 279-0561 to speak with an attorney today.

Note: Hare Wynn has experience handling many types of accident cases, many of which we report on through this blog. You never get used to hearing about the consequences of serious injuries and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. These postings are put together using available information sourced from recent news articles. As more information is uncovered, sources are often updated. Should information within our posting be outdated or untrue, please contact us so that we may update our posting.

Disclaimer: Serious injuries and fatalities are sensitive topics. The goal of this posting is to improve general awareness of catastrophic accidents and injuries so fewer families have to suffer through their consequences. Hopefully, our blog gives readers knowledge they can use to avoid being injured in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.


Princeton – One Dead, Two Injured After Car Accident

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 3:48 pm    

A person died while two others were injured after a car crash.

The incident happened on I-24, around 4:20 pm, November 19.

24-year old Jaryonlee Wells was driving her 2007 silver Chevrolet Cobalt when it crashed into a tree.

One of her passengers, 22-year-old Heidi Renter, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Meanwhile, one-year-old Elyonha Wells, and Jaryonlee Wells were sent to the hospital.

If someone you love suffered severe injuries or died in an accident, you may be uncertain of where to look for help. The Lexington injury lawyers of Hare Wynn have helped many people through the process of fighting for the compensation they need, and are ready to be your champions as well. Contact us at (859) 279-0561 to speak with an attorney today.

Note: Hare Wynn has experience handling many types of accident cases, many of which we report on through this blog. You never get used to hearing about the consequences of serious injuries and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. These postings are put together using available information sourced from recent news articles. As more information is uncovered, sources are often updated. Should information within our posting be outdated or untrue, please contact us so that we may update our posting.

Disclaimer: Serious injuries and fatalities are sensitive topics. The goal of this posting is to improve general awareness of catastrophic accidents and injuries so fewer families have to suffer through their consequences. Hopefully, our blog gives readers knowledge they can use to avoid being injured in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.


Harrodsburg – Woman Killed In Pedestrian Crash ID’d

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 3:15 pm    

A woman who died after being hit by a car has been identified.

Pamela Shepard was walking in the middle of US 127 at McAfee Lane late Monday night.

The driver who struck her was not charged.

If someone you love suffered severe injuries or died in an accident, you may be uncertain of where to look for help. The Lexington injury lawyers of Hare Wynn have helped many people through the process of fighting for the compensation they need, and are ready to be your champions as well. Contact us at (859) 279-0561 to speak with an attorney today.

Note: Hare Wynn has experience handling many types of accident cases, many of which we report on through this blog. You never get used to hearing about the consequences of serious injuries and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. These postings are put together using available information sourced from recent news articles. As more information is uncovered, sources are often updated. Should information within our posting be outdated or untrue, please contact us so that we may update our posting.

Disclaimer: Serious injuries and fatalities are sensitive topics. The goal of this posting is to improve general awareness of catastrophic accidents and injuries so fewer families have to suffer through their consequences. Hopefully, our blog gives readers knowledge they can use to avoid being injured in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.


Somerset – Man Charged After Injuring Child With Autism

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 3:07 pm    

A man was charged with criminal abuse after injuring an autistic child.

The incident happened on Monday.

Gideon Wesley allegedly pulled the child by the neck after he knocked a gun rack off the wall.

The child suffered bruises on their face, neck, and ears.

If someone you love suffered severe injuries or died in an accident, you may be uncertain of where to look for help. The Lexington injury lawyers of Hare Wynn have helped many people through the process of fighting for the compensation they need, and are ready to be your champions as well. Contact us at (859) 279-0561 to speak with an attorney today.

Note: Hare Wynn has experience handling many types of accident cases, many of which we report on through this blog. You never get used to hearing about the consequences of serious injuries and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. These postings are put together using available information sourced from recent news articles. As more information is uncovered, sources are often updated. Should information within our posting be outdated or untrue, please contact us so that we may update our posting.

Disclaimer: Serious injuries and fatalities are sensitive topics. The goal of this posting is to improve general awareness of catastrophic accidents and injuries so fewer families have to suffer through their consequences. Hopefully, our blog gives readers knowledge they can use to avoid being injured in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.


Laurel County – Man Pleaded Guilty For Deadly DUI Crash

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 2:46 pm    

A man pleaded guilty to a DUI crash that killed his mother.

37-year-old Chris Lee Francis was recommended a 15-year sentence by a jury for a crash on September 2018. He was intoxicated when his vehicle crashed into a truck head-in. Her mother, 60-year-old Holly Francis, was with him in the car.

The truck driver, a two-year-old, and an infant were injured due to the crash.

If someone you love suffered severe injuries or died in an accident, you may be uncertain of where to look for help. The Lexington injury lawyers of Hare Wynn have helped many people through the process of fighting for the compensation they need, and are ready to be your champions as well. Contact us at (859) 279-0561 to speak with an attorney today.

Note: Hare Wynn has experience handling many types of accident cases, many of which we report on through this blog. You never get used to hearing about the consequences of serious injuries and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. These postings are put together using available information sourced from recent news articles. As more information is uncovered, sources are often updated. Should information within our posting be outdated or untrue, please contact us so that we may update our posting.

Disclaimer: Serious injuries and fatalities are sensitive topics. The goal of this posting is to improve general awareness of catastrophic accidents and injuries so fewer families have to suffer through their consequences. Hopefully, our blog gives readers knowledge they can use to avoid being injured in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.


Paducah – Three-Vehicle Crash Injured Three Drivers

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 2:01 am    

A car collision involving three vehicles injured three drivers.

The incident happened at the intersection of Clarks River Road and Wayne Sullivan Drive, Monday.

59-year-old Paducah firefighter Stephen T. Utz was sitting a red light with 70-year-old Johnny R. Baker’s car behind. 47-year-old Rodger A. Watson then crashed into Utz’s vehicle as he was distracted by his radio. Utz’s vehicle then crashed into Baker’s.

Baker and Utz were sent to Baptist Health Paducah while Watson sought medical treatment by himself.

If someone you love suffered severe injuries or died in an accident, you may be uncertain of where to look for help. The Lexington injury lawyers of Hare Wynn have helped many people through the process of fighting for the compensation they need, and are ready to be your champions as well. Contact us at (859) 279-0561 to speak with an attorney today.

Note: Hare Wynn has experience handling many types of accident cases, many of which we report on through this blog. You never get used to hearing about the consequences of serious injuries and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. These postings are put together using available information sourced from recent news articles. As more information is uncovered, sources are often updated. Should information within our posting be outdated or untrue, please contact us so that we may update our posting.

Disclaimer: Serious injuries and fatalities are sensitive topics. The goal of this posting is to improve general awareness of catastrophic accidents and injuries so fewer families have to suffer through their consequences. Hopefully, our blog gives readers knowledge they can use to avoid being injured in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.

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