The Personal Toll That False Claims Cases Take On Whistleblowers

Posted: 09/21/2012  browse the blog archive

The New York Times today ran an article titled "The Price Whistle-Blowers Pay for Secrets," in which lawyers and government officials warn potential whistleblowers of the risks and pitfalls of, well, blowing the whistle.  One lawyer is quoted in the article as saying, "You see a high degree of bankruptcies.  You may find yourself unemployable.  Home foreclosures, divorce, suicide, and depression all go with this territory."

Besides the emotional cost, the article goes on to say that payouts are usually in the tens of thousands rather than the millions, and that the trials can take years.

The Chanler Group, in association with the Hirst Law Group, represents whistleblowers who take action under the False Claims Act to report fraud committed against the federal and state governments.  We have years of experience representing whistleblower clients who uncover fraud of every kind perpetrated against our government including, health care fraud, contract fraud, and tax fraud.  Read more about our expertise in False Claims Act cases and how you can take action.