Government fraud refers to the intentional act of taking government funds through either scams or deceit. This is a serious crime that is now often handled in criminal courts and can result in large sentences, such as heavy fines and either state or federal prison. This is a matter that used to be handled in civil courts but has become a much more serious charge. In some cases, both criminal and civil charges will be brought against the offender. The individuals that are the first to report government fraud are called whistleblowers and they often share in the awards from the case.
What constitutes government fraud?
There are many different ways that fraud against the government can take place. Some of the most common forms of government fraud include procurement fraud, false claims and Medicaid / Medicare fraud. Our team is prepared to help guide you through the charges of government fraud involving:
- Failure to obtain licensing
- Failure to obtain data rights
- Fraudulent accounting
- Corruption in scandals
- Defective pricing
- Filing false claims
There are many costly types of fraud actions that lead to the government getting swindled. When this takes place, taxpayers end up paying the price. The Federal False Claims Act makes it against the law to present a false claim for the purpose of defrauding the government. This act imposes liability to those who knowingly present the claim, but they can still be charged if they act in a reckless manner toward ensuring that the information submitted is true. If you or a loved one is under suspicion of government fraud, it is essential to obtain as much information as possible. At Thomas & Paulk, we can help you pursue a defense to help you through your case.
Experienced Representation Against Fraudulent Charges
If you believe that you are under investigation for any type of government fraud, it is essential to speak with a Tampa criminal defense lawyer from our firm at your earliest convenience. We can discuss your situation and propose an appropriate defense strategy. Our firm has the experience and skill to protect your legal rights and pursue a reduction or dismissal of your charges. Government fraud cases can be prosecuted on either the state or federal level. No matter which direction your case leads, our attorneys from Thomas & Paulk are prepared to handle the complexities involved in your case while aggressively defending you against these charges.
As Tampa government fraud attorneys, we are proud to serve those who are under suspicion of fraudulent criminal activities. Our firm can be your guide through the state or federal criminal justice system using a variety of skills and knowledge. With tenacity, we can ensure that your rights are protected and that you have a solid defense against the charges set before you. Whatever the form of government fraud you are charged with, one of our attorneys can walk you through each step of the investigation. Contact our firm today to learn more about how we can help!