January 14, 2006
Michigan has joined a host of other states in enacting a false claims act with a qui tam provision. Qui tam, short for a Latin phrase that translates as “he who brings an action for the king as well as for himself,” allows a private citizen who discovers fraud against the government to file a suit against the defrauding company.
The Michigan act, Public Law 337 of 2005, became effective on January 3, 2006 and applies to fraud in the state’s Medicare program.
The text of the act is available at the Phillips & Cohen website.