A number of our posts have focused on the financial rewards that whistleblowers can realize for being part of a False Claims Act case. Essentially, whistleblowers can earn 15 percent of the amount recouped by the government if the Department of Justice joins in such a case. A recent settlement between the federal government and Boeing Corporation is a prime example of how people who come forward to expose fraud can be compensated.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, the Seattle-based airplane manufacturer allegedly defrauded taxpayers by improperly billing for maintenance work completed on C-17 transport planes. Those who reported the fraud claim that Boeing directed subcontractors to overcharge on labor costs related to the repairs. Boeing is also accused of changing workers’ classifications so that it could charge additional amounts for work that was supposed to be billed at a fixed amount.