Potential Uses of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act

Q & A: Is It Necessary for the Virginia Attorney General to File A Complaint Under Seal?

Q:  Is It Necessary for the Virginia Attorney General to File A Complaint Under Seal when the Office initiates a case on its own, without a relator? A:  In a word, no.  The answer to this question raises a larger issue, however–namely,  […]

The Marine Habitat and Waterways Improvement Fund and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act

One loyal reader recently pointed out that this blog might have unintentionally drifted from one of its stated goals–namely, to give practice examples of the myriad situations in which Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act might be useful. Today’s example concerns […]

Proof that one Medicare provider with a laptop can steal more than ten men with guns

In Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather, Don Corleone says something along the lines of, “One lawyer with his brief case can steal more than ten men with guns.”  Today the Washington Post has an excellent front page story by Carrie Johnson […]

The Utility of Private Law Enforcement: Academic Support from the University of Chicago

An article published by two professors at the University of Chicago should be of some interest to readers of this blog.  See, Blowing the Whistle: Which External Controls Best Reveal Corporate Fraud? The link is to a newsletter distributed by the University of […]

Assessment of penalties against parties liable under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act and Federal False Claims Act

It is well known that the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act–like its counterpart the Federal False Claims Act–provides for treble damages against anyone submitting false claims to a government entity for payment.  Both the VFATA and the Federal False Claims Act […]

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act: One Year Anniversary

March 13, 2008 marked the one year anniversary of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act’s certification under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.