Companies and their employees can rely on Peavy’s experience and capabilities to guide them through internal and governmental investigations that span civil and criminal – as well as regulatory – fronts. As the former Chief of White-Collar Crime for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina, Peavy has the critical subject matter knowledge and relentless devotion to helping clients achieve their business and reputational goals. This experience allows him to seek resolution of serious issues discretely or, when appropriate, participate in intensive litigation. Once the best approach for each client is determined, Peavy custom tailors the best defense to arrive at a final resolution.
Whistleblowers and the False Claims Act
The False Claims Act (FCA) is an extremely powerful tool available to both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and whistleblowers seeking to file lawsuits on the government’s behalf and obtain a percentage of what they recover. With its treble damages and per-claim forfeiture provisions, the FCA is a potent weapon. Moreover, the consequences of being found liable in an FCA case can be catastrophic, resulting in suspension or debarment from government contracts or exclusion from participation in government programs.
In his former role as Chief, White-Collar Crime for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina, Peavy supervised the criminal investigations arising from these parallel investigations. Peavy has the experience of both prosecuting and defending these claims, which makes the Peavy Law Firm uniquely positioned to assist clients defending against allegations of FCA violations, as well as to represent those individuals (known as “whistleblowers” or “relators”) who seek to expose such fraud.