The government is paying large rewards to parents and employees who blow the whistle on schools that falsely report the number of students eligible for free or reduced cost lunch programs.
More than just free lunch money is at stake. By falsely reporting the number of students eligible for free lunches, schools receive more grant money under other government programs as well.
When an honest employee or parent helps the government recover those over-payments under the False Claims Act, they are entitled to a reward of between 15% and 30% of the amount the government recovers. The rewards are often hundreds of thousands of dollars – and sometimes millions of dollars
False claims by schools and school districts can take many forms. Outright fraud is not required. It is enough if the school officials know the information being submitted is not true.
For example, if parents are under-reporting their incomes on applications for free lunch programs, and school officials know that the information is not true, then they can be found in violation of the False Claims Act.
Other types of false claims involving school lunch programs include:
If you have information that any of this type of conduct is happening at a school or school district, then you should consult with an experienced lawyer immediately. To schedule a free and confidential consultation by telephone or in person, call my office today at (917) 652-6504 or click here to communicate with me via email.
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