Whistleblowers play a critical role in the enforcement of legal standards, both in the public and private sectors. Employees are often in a position to identify fraud and other illegal conduct. However, they often understandably feel hesitant to report it for fear of retaliation. Fortunately, there are ways to report illegal conduct while remaining anonymous, and in many cases, Whistleblowers can earn a significant financial reward for doing so.
At The Law Offices of Mark J. Yost, Mark is passionate about protecting Whistleblowers, helping them be a voice for justice, and assisting them in obtaining their financial reward.
As a prosecutor and an investigator, Mark worked with Whistleblowers and their counsel. Now he offers his experience and skills to Whistleblowers, protecting their confidentiality while helping them navigate a difficult and sometimes confusing process.
A Strong Background In Uncovering Financial Wrongs
In many cases, success in a Whistleblower claim hinges upon gathering solid evidence and presenting it to the appropriate government agency in a timely and persuasive manner.
As a former DOJ prosecutor and SEC enforcement attorney, Mark has the strong credentials and experience necessary to pursue these claims on behalf of Whistleblowers. He understands what evidence government investigators need to open a case and how to maintain an effective dialogue with those investigators while preserving client confidentiality.
In addition to providing guidance and advice, Mark will prepare a focused report supported by evidence obtained by the client, submit the report to the appropriate agency through the proper channels, and seek to present it to the prosecutors and investigators who conduct the investigations.
Whistleblower programs are important to the effective enforcement of our financial laws. There is a broad array of Whistleblower programs:
- The SEC has a robust Whistleblower program under the Dodd-Frank legislation that pays rewards of up to 30% of the amount recovered to qualifying persons who report securities fraud.
- The IRS maintains an Office of the Whistleblower for reports of tax fraud, also providing the possibility of a reward based upon the taxes the IRS recovers as result of the report.
- The False Claims Act allows individuals to report fraud against the federal government through what is called a “qui tam” action, which may result in a financial reward if successful.
Navigating each of these programs, while preserving your anonymity and protecting your rights, is challenging. Mark can help you each step of the way.
Grounds For Whistleblower Claims
Common grounds for Whistleblower claims include:
- Securities Fraud
- Tax fraud
- Bank fraud
- Wire fraud
- Financial mismanagement
If you suspect you have grounds for a Whistleblower claim, Mark offers a free consultation to conduct a preliminary review of your situation. He will advise you of your options, walk you through the process, and, if engaged, represent you through each stage, from report to possible reward.
Find Out If You Have A Whistleblower Claim
For a secure, confidential, and free initial consultation to discuss your potential Whistleblower case, please contact Mark by phone at 888-795-7906. Mark prefers phone calls for initial Whistleblower communications, but you may also reach out through the quick online contact form.
Please be assured that all of your communications concerning legal services, whether you ultimately engage Mark or not, will be maintained as confidential and privileged.
Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Mark represents whistleblowers nationwide.