Customs Fraud Whistleblower Cases
Do you have information that a company has cheated on the amount of customs duties it paid when importing goods into the United States? If so, you can alert the government to this fraud, and also earn a substantial monetary reward, by bringing a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act.
Customs fraud qui tam cases may be brought by anyone with non-public information about the fraud. You might be someone working for the importing company who is now ready to blow the whistle. You might be a customs broker or logistics specialist who has been asked to participate in, or otherwise learned about, an illegal fraud scheme. You might be an American company that believes that a competitor is gaining an unfair advantage in your market by evading tariffs.
Our law firm, Tycko & Zavareei LLP, is one of the leaders in this cutting-edge area of False Claims Act litigation. In recent years, cases alleging tariff and duty fraud have grown in number, in part due to the increased use of tariffs as a policy tool of the United States government, and in part due to increased knowledge among people working in the importing and logistics businesses about the availability of the False Claims Act as a tool they can use to help stop fraud and evasion. Our firm has represented clients—including both individuals and major American manufacturers—in qui tam cases alleging various types of customs fraud. We understand how importing works, the intricacies of the tariff system, and how to put together a False Claims Act case that is most likely to get results.
Types of Customs and Shipping Fraud
Some of the most common types of customs fraud include the following:
The False Claims Act is a Powerful Tool to Stop Customs Fraud
Why file a qui tam case under the False Claims Act, rather than simply report the suspected fraud to CBP through an e-allegation or other procedure? This is an important strategic decision that you should make only after consultation with an attorney who understands both options, and the pros and cons of each. A qui tam case under the False Claims Act, however, offers at least three powerful advantages:
Contact An Attorney Experienced In Customs Fraud Qui Tam Cases
Two partners at Tycko & Zavareei LLP, Jonathan Tycko and Anna Haac, both have substantial experience in customs fraud qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act. If you have information about customs fraud, or simply want more information about the qui tam process, please call our qui tam attorneys today at 202-973-0900, or complete the Confidential Case Evaluation form on this website and someone from our firm will be in touch.
The purpose of this form is to provide basic information that our law firm will use to evaluate your potential qui tam case. We will treat all information you provide through this form as privileged and confidential. If you have any concerns about providing your information through this website, please feel free to call our Washington, D.C. office at (202) 973-0900 to provide your information by telephone, or send your information to our office at 1828 L Street, N.W., Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036.
Please note that, in general, we only handle cases in which a business or company has committed fraud on the government and the amount of the fraud is at least $1 million.Begin Your Confidential Case Evaluation