Our attorneys represent clients in pursuing claims under the federal and state False Claims Acts, the SEC Whistleblower and CFTC Whistleblower Programs, and in the IRS Whistleblower Program. We have been at the forefront of each of these major whistleblower programs.
Our attorneys have been litigating False Claims Act cases for over 20 years — starting only two years after the United States enacted the modern False Claims Act statute in 1986. The federal False Claims Act allows private citizen “whistleblowers,” to file suit on behalf of the United States government in certain circumstances when the government has been defrauded. The “qui tam” provisions of the False Claims Act allow whistleblowers to share in the recovery of damages.
Our Whistleblower Practice expanded along with the 2006 changes in the law to include the new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Program. Finch McCranie was one of the first law firms to represent individuals who wanted to expose tax evasion, tax fraud and other related tax violations. More recently, Congress consulted our firm as it wrote the new whistleblower laws for securities and commodities whistleblowers. We also met with the Chairman of the U.S. Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) when they began developing their own Whistleblower Programs. “Whistleblower” provisions have been and continue to be very effective and successful tools in combating false claims and fraud against the government.
The attorneys at Finch McCranie are uniquely situated to handle whistleblower cases. We have the experience of preparing and prosecuting fraud cases as both former federal prosecutors and as private attorneys. In addition, based on our unique background in criminal and civil cases, we have organized programs for other attorneys to share our knowledge of these programs as well as to discuss how to minimize potential civil and criminal liability for whistleblowers. Our attorneys also comment on and analyze recent changes through our blog: Whistleblower Lawyer Blog.
Below is a list of the types of whistleblower cases we handle for clients: