Essentials of the False Claims Act and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act (Online Seminar)

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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
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Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 07/31/2022


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the July 2019 webcast, Essentials of the False Claims Act and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.


Topics Covered

Zach Kitts and John Thomas, Jr., will share their expertise on the federal False Claims Act and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, covering the following topics:

  • Overview of the False Claims Act and its provisions
  • Life of a qui tam action from start to finish
  • The Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act and its provisions
  • Claims under both the FCA and VFATA, as well as uniquely federal false claims cases and uniquely state false claims act cases
  • The interplay between the VFATA and the FCA
  • Recent cases and hot issues

In the 157 years of its existence, the federal False Claims Act (FCA) has become the single most important tool used to deter fraud in government programs. Since 2010 alone, FCA prosecutions have returned more than $28 billion dollars to the government. The federal government’s success with the FCA caused the states to take notice, and in 2002 Virginia became one of the first states to enact a state FCA statute when the General Assembly passed the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act (VFATA).

Generally speaking, FCA and VFATA make seven broadly defined categories of behavior unlawful and impose treble damages, civil penalties, attorney fees, and costs on those who violate its terms. The real power of the statute, however, is found in its qui tam provisions, which empower any “person” with non-public knowledge of fraud on the government to retain counsel and bring a claim on behalf of the United States or the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Zachary A. Kitts, K&G Law Group / Fairfax

Zachary Kitts is a partner at K&G Law Group, PLLC, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of qui tam litigation and other complex civil litigation matters. 

Mr. Kitts has been involved in a number of precedent-setting VFATA cases, including Commonwealth of Virginia ex rel. Siddiqui v. Navy Federal, Commonwealth ex rel. FX Analytics v. Bank of New York Mellon, and Lewis v. City of Alexandria.  These cases, among others, led him to become widely recognized as an expert on state FCA legislation, and he has testified before numerous state legislatures about Virginia’s experience with the VFATA.  He was also the primary architect of the comprehensive 2011 amendments to the VFATA.

On the federal side, Mr. Kitts’ cases include numerous matters of first impression, including United States ex rel. Decesare v. Americare, et al., 757 F. Supp. 2d 573 (E.D.Va. 2010), and American Civil Liberties Union v. Holder, 673 F.3d 245 (4th. Cir. 2011), among others.

Mr. Kitts has prosecuted a wide variety of qui tam claims in state and federal courts across the country against health care providers, defense contractors, financial institutions, and others. To date, his cases have returned more than $104 million to the public fisc.

Mr. Kitts has been included in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2011, and has been included in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2015. He received his B.A. from George Mason University in 1998 and his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2001.

John R. Thomas, Jr., Hafemann Magee & Thomas / Roanoke

John Thomas, Jr., has significant experience representing individuals and businesses in a variety of civil and criminal litigation, as well as providing strategic advice in science policy and research administration matters.

Mr. Thomas is a national leader in False Claims Act litigation, where whistleblowers uncover and report fraud against the government. He litigates cases throughout the country involving procurement fraud, health care fraud, medical device fraud, and grant fraud. He is the founder and chair of the Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section and a frequent writer and speaker on the False Claims Act.  Mr. Thomas is also an experienced litigator in the criminal arena. He has served as both a prosecutor and defense counsel in a variety of federal and state actions, including contested trials involving financial crimes, government fraud, attempted murder, war crimes, complex classified litigation matters, crimes against children, drug offenses, firearms offenses, and theft of government property.

Mr. Thomas is a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and serves as a law of war instructor/advisor. In his previous billets, he prosecuted and defended Marines in courts-martial, served as a deputy staff judge advocate, and deployed to Afghanistan as a battalion judge advocate, where he advised the battalion commander on the law of war and other operational law matters.

Mr. Thomas is a member of the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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