Baltimore Sun’s BEST party in 2 weeks

Howard Lawrence Berman

Why Maryland needs a broader false claims law

Why Maryland needs a broader false claims law

As Maryland's leaders work to close a state budget shortfall and make government more accountable, we need every tool at our disposal. One particularly effective instrument in protecting taxpayer money is called the False Claims Act.

For the federal government and many states, the False Claims Act creates a firewall against fraud and incentivizes whistleblowers to speak out and report theft.

The approach has a long, bipartisan history of success. The federal government first enacted a False Claims Act in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln wanted to leverage the ability of the government to crack down on unscrupulous Civil War contractors who sold rotten food and defective arms to...