The Abraham Lincoln law was enacted during the Civil War to allow "relators" with knowledge of false claims to step into the shoes of our federal government and sue makers of false claims -- government contractors. Wealthy corporations made fortunes selling "shoddy" blankets that fell apart, lame horses and non-functioning guns. The Abraham Lincoln law was neutered as a condition of Corporate America's participation in World War II. FCA was revived under President Reagan and has resulted in $56 billion in recoveries since 1986.
Florida has a state False Claims Act, but it does not apply to contracts with cities, counties or special taxing districts. St. Johns County has in its legislative agenda book support for adding local government's to the Florida FCA, but refuses to make it a priority. Republican bagman MARTIN FIORINTINO is SJC's conflicted lobbyist and also the lobbyist for Sheriff DAVID SHOAR f/k/a "HOAR," the CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, NOCATEE and other developers. As they say in East Tennessee, "He bears watchin'."
I was reviled in a January 2008 meeting at St. Augustine Beach City Hall, I asked controversial Flagler College Chancellor and our Florida House then-Rep. WILLIAM L. PROCTOR about correcting this and two other defects in Florida law ripping off taxpayers, the Republican state representative openly, notoriously and publicly barked at me, "Sounds like you're asking me to endorse motherhood!"
That was his unctuous, unkind, uncouth, uncivil ukase -- that was all that Massa Proctor said.
Believe it or not: ten (10) years later, Flori-DUH law has still not been amended to cover cities, counties and special taxing districts.
There's a lot of money in them thar no-bid inside government contracts, and the First Law of Economics is that "Them that has, gets."
Here's the USDOJ press release on LIBERTY AMBULANCE -- three cheers!