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Whistleblowing Process

Whistleblowing Process

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Whistleblowing Process

Whistleblowing Process – What happens next?

  • Step 1:  Interview with the lawyer to discuss the possible fraud and any documents you may possess about the fraud.
  • Step 2:  With the advice and help of the lawyer, decide if the case is worth pursuing.
  • Step 3:  File a qui tam lawsuit, file a claim with the appropriate agency, or take any other appropriate actions.

Filing a Qui Tam Lawsuit

  • Step 4:  Government* will start an investigation that could possibly include an interview with the whistleblower.
  • Step 5:  Government will decide whether or not to act.
  • Step 6:  Government Decides To Act

Government usually takes control of the lawsuit.

Or

Government Decides NOT To Act

The whistleblower can decide to continue with the lawsuit; however, at any point the government can decide to intervene/join the case.

  • Step 7:Case goes to trial or is settled.

Filing an Agency Claim

  • Step 4:  Government* will start an investigation that could possibly include an interview with the whistleblower.
  • Step 5:  Government will decide whether or not to act.
  • Step 6:  Government Decides To Act

Government usually takes control of the case.

Or

Government Decides NOT To Act

Case is over.

*Once the government is involved the case it is out of the whistleblower’s control, even if the whistleblower changes his or her mind.

** This is an example of one common way this process occurs. Every case is different and can have a different process.

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