Is It Important for Whistleblowers to Act Quickly?

Miami Qui Tam Attorney on Importance of Acting Quickly When Blowing the Whistle

When you come across information about wrongdoing by a business against the state or federal government, when is the best time to blow the whistle on the fraudulent behavior? The answer is as soon as possible.

The white collar criminal law attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson have years of experience handling nationwide complex criminal matters from their law offices in Washington DC, New Orleans and near Miami FL, including securities fraud, insider trading, tax fraud, qui tam and a variety of other white collar crimes. In this video, Miami white collar criminal attorney Curtis Miner explains the two biggest reasons you want to contact a lawyer immediately if you suspect a business in defrauding the government.

Video Transcription:

If you’re a whistleblower, is it important to act quickly? Absolutely. I can think of two reasons that come to mind immediately. First of all, the conduct that you witness, evidence can disappear, change, come out of reach over time. It’s important to act quickly while the evidence of the wrongdoing is still available. Second is something that’s built into the False Claims Act statute, and that is you only get credit for being a whistleblower if you were the person who brought the information to light. In other words, if it’s something that you read in the newspaper and the whole world knows about it, you can’t be a whistleblower. It’s no secret. But if it’s information that only you know about or that only you are willing to come forward with, that’s what you get credit for. So, the more time that passes, the more likely it is that the information will become exposed in some other way and that may be all fine and well, and good for justice, but it would not mean that you can take credit for being the whistleblower on the information. Contact our lawyers at (305) 476-7400 or contact our website at Colson.com for more information.