When it comes to the construction and improvement of cities and essential infrastructure, the government often turns to contractors to work on bridges, roads, airports, government buildings, and other important projects. Unfortunately, government construction fraud is not uncommon, and some contractors may attempt to collect money by bid-rigging, over-billing, and other schemes.
If you are aware of fraudulent or false actions made on the part of a company or entity hired to complete a government construction project, you may be eligible for a reward if you are able to successfully bring a Qui Tam lawsuit against the company.
Common Government Construction Fraud Schemes
Some of the most common schemes used in government construction fraud include:
- Use of bid-rigging or collusive rigging to win government contracts
- Double billing or billing for work not actually performed
- Use of substandard parts or materials
- Overestimating costs of building materials or supplies
- Overestimating time spent on a project
While government oversight of contract projects exists, it is important for whistleblowers to come forward if they are aware of fraud being committed by a contractor.
Qui Tam lawsuits can help the government recover money that was paid to fraudulent contractors on government construction projects. If you are able to successfully recover money on behalf of the United States, you may be eligible to receive 15%-35% of the recovered amount. For more information, contact Qui Tam lawyer Matt Zandi today at 800-626-0003.