What is False Claims Act?

What is the False Claims Act?

Actually, there is a federal False Claims Act, about 30 state false claims acts and even a few city false claims act. They are all similar in that they are designed to help governmental agencies combat government fraud (things like intentionally overcharging for goods or services). These statutes use a combination of whistleblower provisions to achieve their fraud fighting objectives, including qui tam and whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions. Here, the focus is on the federal False Claims Act.

The United States False Claims Act is codified at 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733. It was originally enacted in 1863 to deter defense contracting fraud. The Act was enhanced by Congressional amendments in 1986, 2009 and 2010.


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