Fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and other forms of wrongdoing are all too common in both the private and public sectors of society these days – an unfortunate fact that elevates the role of the whistleblower in the fight against misconduct and corruption. With lawyers seeing more and more potential whistleblower cases pour in, it’s vital that whistleblowers properly document and state their case before taking it to a lawyer for review.
After whistleblowers select experienced and competent legal counsel for their False Claims Act case, they should prepare a concise and well documented “pitch.”
The Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) Education Fund recommends whistleblowers start preparing their case with two blank sheets of standard-size paper.
On the first page, write your name and job title, and explain how you learned about the fraud. “Do this carefully,” the TAF Education Fund advises, being sure to omit the name of the company and any other information that would identify the company.
“In one page, tell a simple story, without jargon, that describes the ‘who, what, where, when, and how’ of the fraud,” the TAF instructions read. Also be sure to include the federal and/or state agency that was affected by the fraud, explaining the basic mechanics and scope of the fraud.
On the second page, mark a line through the middle of the paper. On the upper half of the page list what evidence you have in hand to support the claims you made on the first page. Examples of evidence often used in successful whistleblower cases are: billing records, contracts, copies of canceled checks, emails, PowerPoint presentations, spread sheets, training materials, video or audio tape, and voicemails.
On the lower half of the page, state the job titles of anyone inside and outside the company who should be contacted and questioned should your claim prompt a government investigation.
This simple, concise, and organized document of the alleged fraud will not only help you find an experienced attorney willing to review your case, it will serve as a go-to file for government officials who use your stated claims as the basis for an investigation.