Conscientious citizens, Veterans, VA employees and contractors:
You can receive a reward of up to $10,000 for disclosing criminal or unlawful activity to VA OIG. Information concerning these activities involving VA programs and personnel that leads to a felony charge or a substantial monetary recovery may result in a reward. In exceptional cases, a reward greater than $10,000 may be authorized.
Reward for Report of Fraud in Government Contracts Meant for Veterans
In January 2013, OIG presented a reward to a confidential informant. The source of the information reported an apparent fraud of the VA Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program. This information launched an investigation by OIG that subsequently proved that the defendant fraudulently claimed SDVOSB status in order to obtain Federal government set-aside contracts. Such contracts are specifically set aside for small businesses which are owned by veterans with disabilities. Sentences in such cases have included time in prison, supervised release, fines, restitution, and forfeiture of property.