Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed the False Claims and Whistleblower Protection Act, making Indiana the fifteenth state to allow private citizens to blow the whistle on fraud against the state.

The “qui tam” provisions also provide for a reward to the whistleblower. If the suit is successful, the whistleblower would receive between 15 and 25 percent of the recovery in cases where the state intervenes in the action and between 25 and 30 percent when the state has declined intervention.

The act was part of Public Law 222-2005. The False Claims Act provisions became effective on July 1, 2005.

The text of the new law can be found at the website of Phillips & Cohen.

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