Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act
An Open Letter to Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli (as well as all other Potential 2009 Candidates for Attorney General of Virginia)
Ken Cuccinelli, who has announced his intention to run for Attorney General of the Commonwealth next year, would do well to focus on the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.
Qui tam cases under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act must be filed under seal. Given that the first case was not filed in Fairfax County until February of 2007, you should not assume that your particular Circuit Court has experience with the statute, and extra precaution should be taken. This posting contains the wisdom I gathered, such as it is, in filing under seal in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has never used the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act to hold construction companies accountable when they mismanage funds or fail to deliver promised results. The Federal False Claims Act has been used to hold contractors liable for failing to deliver as promised.
The Project on Government Oversight http://www.pogo.org maintains an excellent on-line database at http://www.contractormisconduct.org which lists companies responsible for misconduct on federal contracts. Some might find it incredible that the feds do not maintain a centralized federal database of contractor misconduct; the POGO database […]
The Herndon-Monroe Park-and-ride garage in Fairfax County, Virgnia, is just one example of the type of fraud, waste, and abuse that should be pursued using the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, otherwise known as the Virginia False Claims Act.