Whistleblowers to get paid under New Minnesota "false claims" Law
People with inside knowledge about fraud perpetrated against the state of Minnesota have a new incentive to speak up: cash.
Under a new law establishing a "false claims" civil action, whistleblowers who help the state get money back from unscrupulous contractors are entitled to a 15 to 30 percent cut. Lawmakers hope that the measure will reduce fraud and increase badly needed revenue without raising taxes.
"It's the recovery of stolen taxpayer dollars," said Sen. Ron Latz, who championed the bill along with fellow St. Louis Park DFLer Rep. Steve Simon. "If other states' experiences are comparable, we could be looking at tens of millions of dollars."
The federal False Claims Act has been on the books since the Civil War, when it was used to stop war profiteers from defrauding the government.
What does a whistle blower get for coming forward about corruption within the state agencies? Do they get 15 to 30% then too?
Financial incentives for exposing government waste would go a long way to solving our budget problems.
What is good for the goose os good for the gander!
The Cynical Patriot