Seeger Weiss partner Shauna Itri was featured in Reuters, authoring a piece on how whistleblower claims can stop COVID-19 fraud. In the piece, “Using the False Claims Act to Combat COVID-19 Fraud,” Itri wrote:
“Even though the pandemic began more than two years ago, it is likely that the widely predicted increase in qui tam-related recoveries stemming from COVID-19 fraud will only begin to be seen this year. Fraudulent schemes take time to develop, be uncovered, and investigated either by the government or private counsel retained by the relator. Moreover, qui tam actions are filed in camera and under seal for 60 days, and the government may further request that a court extend the seal during any investigation into the matter. Nonetheless, we can look to existing enforcement actions to see what types of COVID-19 fraud whistleblowers will likely uncover.”
Shauna Itri has extensive experience representing relators in False Claims Act lawsuits as well as tax and securities whistleblowers with claims under the IRS and SEC whistleblower programs.
The full article can be found here.