Student Financial Aid Fraud & A Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit
Do you have knowledge about a school committing Student Financial Aid fraud? If so, and you file a Qui Tam or Whistleblower lawsuit, you could collect a percentage of any money recovered.
Through the Department of Education and the Federal Student Aid Program, the United States Government provides money to colleges to pay for all or part of the education of hundreds of thousands of students to attend college, trade school, and English as a Second Language classes. Unfortunately, some schools who receive this assistance engage in fraud in an attempt to increase the amount of money they receive from the U.S. Government. Some Schools submit fraudulent applications for student financial aid to the Department of Education to receive funds for students who are not eligible for student aid or to try to increase the amount of money provided through the Government’s financial aid programs. This fraud can occur through a variety of aid programs including Subsidized Loans, Pell Grants, and Federal Work Study Programs.
If you have knowledge of a School that is submitting false information to the U.S. Government for the purpose of increasing the amount of student aid it can receive, then you may be in a position to file a Qui Tam or false claims act case against the school. This type of action is also known as a Whistleblower Claim. A Qui Tam case is a special type of lawsuit in which a whistleblower can help the government stop this type of federal student aid fraud. In the Qui Tam case, the whistleblower files suit on behalf of the government against the School that is wrongly receiving federal aid. A successful Qui Tam whistleblower action can recover a percentage of whatever money is recovered from the defrauding school.
The amount of money the Qui Tam whistleblower receives will depend on many factors, including the work of the whistleblower and their attorney to help the Qui Tam case succeed. If the government handles the Qui Tam case and recovers funds through a settlement or a trial, the whistleblower is entitled to 15 percent to 25 percent of the recovery. However, if the government does not intervene in the case and instead the case is pursued by the Qui Tam whistleblower and their attorney, the whistleblower reward is between 25 and 30 percent of the recovery.
HOUSTON WHISTLEBLOWER ATTORNEY TAKING CASES
The Callahan Law Firm takes Qui Tam cases, also known as Whistleblower cases, including ones involving Student Financial Aid fraud. Send us an e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation.