NOTICE: If you witness misuse of CARES Act funds, you may be able to help. Contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 for a confidential evaluation.
There is no denying the global COVID-19 pandemic has upended daily life for everyone. Unfortunately, there are some who illegally take advantage of these trying times.
Fraudulent use of funding provided under the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is predicted. Tremendous sums of money and desperate human need create rampant opportunities for misuse of CARES Act funds.
When government funds are quickly and liberally distributed in response to a disaster, higher incidents of fraud occur.
During the financial crisis of 2008, Congress authorized $700 billion for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), intended to help stabilize the financial system. Nearly $900 million of those TARP funds were identified as fraudulently used and have been recovered as a result of reports of misuse and audits.
Like all federal monies, CARES Act funds come with requirements that must be adhered to:
Current crisis conditions create temptations to misuse this massive government subsidy, such as employee abuse, self-dealing, false claims, and outright theft.
If you observe fraud by an individual or company that causes losses to the government, such as misuse of CARES Act funds or another government program, you may be able to help. The False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. 3729 et seq, gives a private individual the right to bring a claim on behalf of the government against any person who knowingly submits or causes to submit a false or fraudulent claim to the United States.
The trial lawyers at the Arnold Law Firm in Sacramento have extensive experience successfully handling intricate and delicate qui tam (also known as “whistleblower”) civil lawsuits. Our firm maintains the highest levels of discretion and advises potential whistleblowers about their options.
Contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 for a confidential evaluation.
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