Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Stimulus Fraud

From the September 2009 Arizona Attorney, official magazine of the Arizona State Bar:
Stimulating Fraud

How big a story is the federal stimulus package? It's billion wide and billions long--but who's counting.

Well, the FBI for one.

That law enforcement agency says it expects a wave of fraud and corruption case related to the government's multitrillion-dollar economic stimulus efforts.
This statement was a teaser to the main article which contained information for lawyers to use in warning their clients about the risks of accepting stimulus money. It also discussed qui tam actions, by which a taxpayer may sue someone committing fraud and keep part of the recovery. Warning, though, unless the law has changed since I litigated one, the fraud cannot be a publicly known or reported fraud.

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