Government contractors accused of procurement fraud or violation of the False Claims Act (FCA) become high profile cases sometimes because of their names and reputation in the commercial and government procurement marketplace.
Other government contractor criminal cases are labeled as high profile because the alleged facts appear to be so terrible that the media headlines the case in a light not often favorable to the contractor. Yet, in other situations when there is a not guilty verdict in favor of the contractor in a government contractor fraud case, the media then portrays the case as a high-profile criminal case.
The high-profile defense attorneys at Watson & Associates, LLC represent federal government contractors charged with civil or criminal fraud in a situation where a federal contract is involved. Our defense attorneys handle cases involving procurement fraud, False Claims Act violations, Buy American Act compliance disputes, and SBA small business government contract fraud.
When clients consider themselves to be involved in a high profile case, we can develop a team of legal counsel to focus on the complex issues involved in the case, and work with federal law enforcement lawyers from the Department of Justice (DOJ), VA, and SBA OIG and others.
High-Profile Cases: Defense Contractor Attorneys
High-profile criminal defense attorneys for federal contractors in all states.
What we find common in criminal procurement fraud cases is that sometimes the defense attorney was not well-versed in the substantive issues that triggered the federal investigation or criminal charges that led to an indictment and ultimately a conviction. As contractor attorneys in federal criminal defense cases, we understand that the federal prosecutors are initially at an advantage because they have the unlimited support of other government agencies while the Defendant has limited resources. When clients are facing serious charges (civil or criminal) our contractor defense lawyers can develop a team that fights back aggressively.
You don’t want to be looked at by the jury as a high-profile government contractor defendant.
Unfortunately, when there are civil and criminal cases involving famous contractors or small business CEOs who allegedly commit notable crimes, the federal attorneys develop a spin where jury members’ attitudes towards you or your company can be easily tainted. When cases are mentioned on television or the radio, a jury can be very well tainted from the onset by thinking that you have fraudulently taken their taxpayer dollars and must be guilty.
As high-profile criminal defense attorneys representing federal government contractors, our goal is to keep the spotlight away from you and on to the flaws in the government attorneys’ case.
High-Profile Cases: Government Contractor Whistleblower Defense
You do not want to have a reputation of being high profiled in these types of cases
Being involved in a government contractor whistleblower case can create more of a disadvantage if the case is labeled as high profile because whistleblower or Qui Tam cases usually frequently involve reporting from an ‘insider’ or former employee that submits facts to federal prosecutors for a federal investigation. As high-profile lawyers for government contractors, we represent clients that may be well known in the procurement world or in the community. If your case goes to trial, there can be a risk that because an insider reported the facts the defendant company must be guilty or liable for contractor fraud. Our high profile government contractor criminal defense attorneys want to take this type of stigma away in a whistleblower qui tam defense case.
High-Profile Defendants Need High-Profile Lawyers
You do not have to be famous to earn the title of having a high profile case.
There is no question that when the DOJ or federal prosecutors prevail in a case, the results are publicized online. Therefore, your case can become high-profiled despite not being famous. Nevertheless, high-profile defendants as government contractors still need high-profile contractor attorneys. They don’t simply need high-profile criminal defense attorneys. They need contractor defense lawyers that understand the underlying issues that caused prosecutors and their investigators to the case, to begin with. Understanding government procurement fraud is very complex and tricky. It is proven that merely having the title of the “best criminal defense attorney’” in a government contract fraud case does not automatically mean that you will be automatically acquitted of all charges.
At Watson & Associates, LLC our government contractor and government employee high-profile civil and criminal defense lawyers focus on getting results. We know that having a deep experience in such cases as Buy American Act, False Claims Act, SBA fraud, and government small business procurement fraud will increase the chances of getting an acquittal.
High-Profile Federal False Claims Act Defense Law Firm
Almost every procurement fraud or contractor fraud case leads to false claims charges
The False Claims Act applies to an individual or business that contracts with the federal government. See 18 USC 287 which establishes criminal liability against a person, organization, or a government contractor that knowingly submits, or causes, a false or fraudulent claim when the intent is to receive payment, benefit, or approval. The normal process that leads to a false claims charge is by the federal attorneys finding the defendant defrauded the government or violated an underlying statute. To recoup damages or fines, the federal prosecutor will then impose a false claims charge for each event or occurrence.
The False Claims Statutes states that one submits an unlawful false claim when it was “knowingly” submitted as false. In procurement fraud cases when it is determined that you acted carelessly or negligently, a contractor can still be liable or guilty in a high profile false claims cases.
Federal False Claims Act cases involve a wide range of actions such as submitting false invoices, using substandard materials or equipment and submitting charges that were never made. Federal prosecutors usually go after high-profile civil or criminal defendants simply by arguing that they used fraud, deception, or false representations with the intent to be paid or get a benefit from the government. False claims litigation and cases under 18 USC 287 are serious offenses a prison sentence (jail time) and or substantial fines.
Watson & Associates Law Firm Offers Experienced Government Contracts Attorneys
We represent large contractors and small business firms in all states throughout the U.S.
With law offices in Washington, DC and in Denver, Colorado the Watson law firm represents individuals and companies in high-profile government contracts criminal and civil defense cases. If you are. facing a federal investigation, received an indictment in a federal case involving federal government contracts, call for a free confidential initial consultation. Speak to high-profile contractor defense attorney Theodore Watson.
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