In a "qui tam" suit, can a person who has knowledge of false claims against the government ....?

In a "qui tam" suit, can a person who has definite knowledge of false statements and representations, i.e. false claims against the U.S. government for grants or loans, but who is not an employee of the perpetrating person or "entity", bring suit in federal court on the governments behalf? (The legal authority for this is title 31 u.s.c.a. sec.3729-3730).

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  • qb
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    The Supreme Court held that a private individual has standing to bring an action in federal court on behalf of the United States under the False Claims Act. Vermont Agency of Natural Resources v. United States ex rel. Stevens, ___ U.S. ___, 2000 Daily Journal D.A.R. 5319 (2000).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    31 USC 3730 does not appear to limit the class of persons who can bring a Qui Tam action. All you need is sufficient evidence to make a prima facie case.

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