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Whistleblower Claims Supporting the Government?

I used to be really interested in whistleblower claims against governments: I thought it was fascinating that a few individual citizens could upend entire political contexts by revealing sensitive information. I felt like it was the closest a person can get to a spy or thriller movie, on the run from the government with a flash drive in hand.

However, I realized a little while ago that these situations are pretty rare. More common, however, is a similar situation: whistleblower claims against private companies for fraud committed against the government. As the website for the law firm ChasenBoscolo explains, there is a new and expanding opportunity in the legal world for lawyers to represent people with claims that their private employer was committing abuse or defrauding the government in a contract or deal.

I already knew there were a lot of public-private partnerships wherein private contractors will work to fulfill a public need, being paid in the deal by taxpayers’ dollars. However, there is a lot of room for fraud or abuse. If you see something worthy to blow the whistle on and expose, you will likely need legal representation. Firms like ChasenBoscolo have experience in representing those with whistleblower claims against private companies defrauding the government.

Some of the methods that private companies employ are complex, others are simple. No matter what, taxpayers (i.e. every single American) loses by having their government be defrauded.

One of the most common methods used by private companies is to simply cut corners. Contracts or deals with private-public partnerships are often saddled with onerous regulations or rules meant to protect consumers or prevent defective products or infrastructure. By cutting corners, private companies will not comply with requirements — lying or covering up inadequate compliance.

Another method used by private companies to abuse government dollars is to inflate costs in the operating budgets for a project or product. To explain: because the private company is often the actor in a deal charged with executing or manufacturing something, the government will get a bill upon completion for its costs.

The federal government of the United States is a reliable financier, and will almost certainly pay for the costs of a product or project, even if it goes over-budget. As a result, private companies can overestimate or simply lie about the cost of their partnership’s products or projects. Whistleblowers can see the lying or cover-up through financial documents or expressions by people in charge of the project. They can then respond by exposing this fraud and ensuring that taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently and appropriately.

Another simple way that governments can be defrauded by private companies is simply avoiding taxes. This is self-explanatory: sometimes, private companies do not pay the correct amount of taxes by either falsely reporting expenditures or incorrectly stating revenue. This can be remedied, however, by whistleblowers. Most commonly, however, the fraud is discovered by an audit or another agency more directly associated with taxation.

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