How To Report Military Benefit Fraud?
The US Military has many protections in place for its service men and women both during their active duty and after they retire from the service. Included in these protections are substantial health and life insurance benefits, a large portion of which the government pays for with taxpayer funds. With the rising costs of health care, these benefits are invaluable to service people and their families, both while they are on active duty and after they re-enter civilian society to pursue other careers.
However, the generosity the US Government shows in providing benefits for its service people is seen by some less scrupulous citizens as a lucrative way to exploit the system and make a substantial profit. By fraudulently claiming military benefits or misappropriating funds meant for paying out those benefits, these individuals siphon away tax dollars from where they are meant to go and use them instead to line their own pockets. Depending on how the military benefit fraud has taken place, it may also constitute a violation of the False Claims Act, which prohibits individuals and groups from defrauding any Government program.
If you have evidence of military benefit fraud, it is your duty to report it. The US Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of the Inspector General has a hotline set up specifically for taking reports of such fraud. If you have an incident of fraud to report, you should be prepared to provide as much information about the crime as possible including: the military office or facility wherein the fraud took place, the names of any persons involved in the fraud, and as much information as you can about them, and the names of any victims of the fraud, if you know them. You may submit this information by phone, online, or by mail or fax:
VA Inspector General Hotline (53E), P.O Box 50410, Washington, DC 20091-0410
Phone #: (800) 488 8244
Fax #: (202) 565 7936
In addition, if the incident of fraud qualifies for prosecution under the False Claims Act, you may be able to file a qui tam lawsuit as a relator on behalf of the US Government. This kind of lawsuit may award you a bounty of up to 15% of any monies recovered, even if the Government decides not to pursue the charges.
If you think you have evidence of military benefit fraud, you should contact a law firm familiar with the False Claims Act. The knowledge and experience of a qui tam lawyer is invaluable when exposing fraudulent activity, and our office offers free initial consultation.