On behalf of the United States and the State of Wisconsin, Madia Law has filed a federal qui tam action in the Eastern District of Wisconsin federal District Court. The filing alleges Medicare fraud against the government by multiple corporate Defendants and medical doctors in eastern Wisconsin. Pending potential intervention by the United States Attorney’s Office, the suit remains under seal for at least 60 days.
In a qui tam action, a private party known as a relator brings a whistleblower suit on behalf of the government; thus, the government, not the relator, is considered the plaintiff. If the action is successful in prosecuting the fraud, the relator receives an award, generally based on a portion of the amount recovered for the government. The False Claims Act, Title 31 U.S.C. § 3279 et seq., authorizes qui tam actions and requires that parties wishing to bring such actions retain counsel.