Defense Contractor Qui Tam and Military Qui Tam Litigation

Defense Contractor Qui Tam Success: Featured Settlement


Delma Pallares, who rejected offers to be put in the witness protection program, worked for American Grocers as a logistics manager and general merchandise manager from 1996 through 2003. She gained extensive knowledge of the daily operations of American Grocers, including how the food products were invoiced, valued, and weighed prior to shipping and, according to the complaint, how the company and its employees changed expiration dates and forged accompanying documentation. Ms. Pallares’s efforts in locating persuasive evidence led to this successful prosecution and enabled the U.S. government to intervene. Without her knowledge, the alleged schemes would have gone unnoticed and she and the U.S. government would not have received $13.2 million of the total settlement.

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You should be aware that claims of this nature are subject to a statute of limitations. Claims arising under the False Claims Act (qui tam claims) must be filed within six years of the submission of the false claim, or within three years after the government should have learned of the facts underlying the claim, but in no event longer than ten years, whichever occurs last. The area of limitations periods is complex. There are also first to file rules, public disclosure bars, original source issues, and potentially varying limitations on pursuing retaliation claims. Time is critical.

Under the Tax Fraud Program, Congress requires the IRS to conduct an examination and to collect any underpayment of taxes within 3 to 6 years from the date when a tax return was filed. There is no statute of limitation in cases involving tax fraud or evasion. There are also rules regarding public disclosure bars and original source issues. For restrictions on the Financial Fraud Program, visit the Financial Fraud/Qui Tam Cases section of our site.

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