Baltimore, MD - Calling it a powerful tool to prevent fraud and abuse in state and local government, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today unveiled his top priority for the 2015 legislative session and urged the General Assembly to adopt the Maryland False Claims Act.
Under the Act, submitted today with bipartisan support in both the Senate and House of Delegates, whistleblowers would be empowered and encouraged to alert government about fraud committed by private contractors. The law would allow state and local employees, among others, to file lawsuits on behalf of governments, with whistleblowers receiving a portion of funds recovered through the litigation they initiate.
"The False Claims Act multiplies our resources to fight against fraud," Attorney General Frosh said. "What this law does, in effect, is incentivize integrity."
"When the government is being cheated, it often remains in the dark," Frosh said. "Employees often have the most detailed knowledge about what is going on, and this new law would help bring that information to light, for everyone's benefit."