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Should Whistleblowers Go to the Media?

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April 13, 2016
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Miami Qui Tam Lawyer Explains Why Sharing Your Information May Be a Bad Idea

Whistleblowers exposing fraud against the United States government may be tempted to bring their information to the media, but that is not the best way to handle information that proves fraudulent activity, for a variety of reasons. In this video, Miami qui tam attorney Curtis Miner explains the disadvantages of taking your proof of fraud to the media, whether it is a news source or social media.

There are varieties of protection offered to whistleblowers that come forward with information about defrauding the government or its agencies. Our law firm near Miami FL handles cases relating to all types of white collar crimes, including tax fraud, securities fraud, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud.

Video Transcription:

A common question that a whistleblower may have is, “Should I go to the media?” And in our modern world where we have social media, blogs, all sorts of avenues for an ordinary citizen to make information public, it may be tempting to have your first step be to go to the media, go to Facebook, go to the Internet. But there are disadvantages to doing that, and the most important one is that under the federal law, you only get credit for being the whistleblower if you were the one who brings the information about the wrongdoing to the attention of the Department of Justice. So if you go to the media first, if you go to Facebook first, if you go to the Internet first, you may have lost your opportunity to be the person who gets credit for being the whistleblower. Contact our lawyers at 305-476-7400 or contact our website at Colson.com for more information.