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DOJ Thanks Whistleblowers in Helping Recover Record $8.7 Billion Under the False Claims Act

The U.S. Justice Department reported that, for the second year in a row, it recorded more than $3 billion in settlements pursuant to the False Claims Act involving fraud cases against the government.  According to the report, False Claims Act recoveries from January 2009 to September 30, 2011 totaled $8.7 billion, the largest three-year total since the Department of Justice was established. 

Assistant Attorney General Tony West expressed thanks to whistleblowers when he said, “[w]e are tremendously grateful to whistle blowers who have brought fraud allegations to the government’s attention and assisted us in this public-private partnership to fight fraud.” 

For the year ended September 30, 2011, approximately $2.8 billion of the $3 billion bounty was collected pursuant to qui tam whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which enable private citizens or so-called relators to file a lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. Government. To read more about the DOJ report, click here.


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