The False Claims Act was originally adopted in 1863 following a series of sensational congressional investigations into the sale of provisions and munitions to the War Department.

 

Testimony before the Congress painted a sordid picture of how the United States had been billed for nonexistent or worthless goods. Today, anyone who brings a successful false claims suit may receive a significant percentage of the money collected on behalf of the government.

 

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Healthcare fraud in the United States is rampant, because of third party billing, including Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance carrier. A medical bill to be paid by an insurance company creates an opportunity for fraud.

 

It is not possible for the insurance company to verify with certainty, actual services performed, or the medical necessity of such services, without a detailed review of every patient's files and other records. This is rarely done.

 

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There is a special name for a whistle blower in Qui Tam cases, a case involving the False Claims Act. In a Qui Tam case, a whistle blower is called a "Relator".

 

The Relator may bring evidence of fraud to an attorney that specializes in Qui Tam litigation. The lawyer can then assess the merits of the case. Based upon what the attorney's investigation reveals, the lawyer and Relator may then file a Qui Tam Complaint for the government and the Relator.

 

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If you know of fraud in your workplace related to false claims (such as billings) made to the government for payment or approval, your information may be worth a huge monetary reward. False Claims Act litigation, also called Qui Tam litigation, has resulted in billions of dollars in monetary recoveries.

 

You can begin a False Claims Case with the Law Offices of Joseph J. Pappacoda & Associates by answering a few questions on our Case Submission Form.

 

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U.S. FRAUD CASES & THE FALSE CLAIMS ACT

WHAT IS MEDICARE FRAUD?

Are healthcare regulations being complied with at your office? Are your office's healthcare practices and procedures different than those required by healthcare regulations? Are two sets of patient records being maintained in separate locations?

 

Rod of AsclepiusA Medicare or other healthcare fraud case may surface from information given by a disgruntled employee in an employment action. For instance, a healthcare provider may coerce an employee to do some act that the employee knows is unethical, wrong, fraudulent, or criminal, related to Medicare or Medicaid billing, reporting, or cost accounting. When the employee refuses to cooperate, they may be labeled a trouble-maker and fired.

 

 

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YOUR FRAUD LAWYER IN FLORIDA

The Law Offices of Joseph J. Pappacoda & Associates specialize in Qui Tam actions that can help the government and lead to rewards for those who bring lawsuits under the U.S. False Claims Act.

 

The Qui Tam laws were first passed in 1863. Today's False Claims law allows you to help expose fraud in the workplace, Medicare fraud, Medicaid fraud and other fraud against the government.

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ATTORNEY JOSEPH J. PAPPACODA

 

Attorney Joseph J. Pappacoda has vast experience exposing fraud, having been a lead fraud investigator for Florida's Department of Law Enforcement. Joe Pappacoda's skills as an attorney, his prowess properly using evidence, and his keen analytical legal mind can give you the perspective you will need when considering a case under the False Claims Act.

 

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The Law Offices of Joseph J. Pappacoda & Associates are centrally located in the tri-county area of South Florida, and serve the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County areas.

 

Joseph J. Pappacoda is admitted to practice in the Federal District Courts for the Southern District of Florida, and is admitted to the Florida Bar and the Colorado Bar.

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THE LAW OFFICES OF JOSEPH J. PAPPACODA ARE CENTRALLY LOCATED IN FORT LAUDERDALE

 

You may reach the law offices from anywhere in South Florida by simply taking I-95 to Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and heading into downtown. The Law Offices of Joseph J. Pappacoda & Associates are located directly across from the Broward County Judicial Complex.

 

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