In a previous article on our website, we discussed how the federal government allows private citizens to sue individuals and corporations engaged in defrauding taxpayers. These so-called "whistleblower lawsuits" help the government fight fraud by offering a percentage of the damages recovered as a sort of bounty. In other words, an individual with some unique or special knowledge regarding fraud against the government, also known as the relator, can be entitled to receive a portion of the money the government recovers as a result of the lawsuit.
For many Georgia residents, stepping forward out of shadows to report fraud against the government can be a frightening experience. Oftentimes relators with evidence of fraudulent activity are fearful of retaliation. Many relators are concerned that the company or organization they work for will terminate them or otherwise take some measure of retaliatory actions against them for exposing their fraudulent activities.