Whistleblowers Expose Fraudulent Activity Against Federal Government

Michael Lin Baum

Michael Lin Baum

The president of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman in Los Angeles, California, Michael Lin Baum has litigated a wide variety of cases ranging from wrongful death lawsuits to catastrophic injury claims. Michael Lin Baum has also successfully defended whistleblowers who expose individuals or organizations that defraud the government.

As much at 10 percent of public expenditure in the United States may be diverted by waste and fraud. Obtaining money from the government by means of deception is prohibited under the U.S. False Claims Act (FCA). Passed during the Civil War to discourage vendors from defrauding the Union army, it brought profiteers to justice but was rarely used until the 1980s.
To date, billions of dollars have been reclaimed under the FCA and other similar legislation. Individuals who report fraud as “whistleblowers” are also eligible to receive a percentage of any recovered funds and are protected against retaliation from defendants.

Whistleblower cases fall into several categories, and can include overcharging or selling defective equipment to the Armed Forces or making false Medicare or Medicaid claims.