Thanks to the actions of Whistleblowers, the U.S. Government recovered more taxpayer monies from fraud in 2010 than in any previous year. Often risking jobs and personal safety, Whistleblowers assisted the U.S. Government with the recovery of 3 billion dollars of taxpayer dollars from fraud during the fiscal year, 2010.
Of the 3 billion in settlements and judgments obtained in 2010, over 2.3 billion was recovered in lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act's qui tam provisions. Under these provisions, whistleblowers (known as "realtors") -- many of who face considerable personal risk in coming forward with allegations of fraud, are entitled to recover between 15 and 30 percent of the proceeds of a successful suit. In 2010, realtors were awarded 385 million dollars.
Whistleblowers risk job, family and sometimes life to assist the government and they are the primary weapon the government has in going after fraud. The majority of the monies recovered were in the area of health care fraud. The office of personnel management, department of defense and department of veterans' affairs made other areas of recovery.
Who Are These Whistle Blowers?
Since 1986, when Congress strengthened the qui tam provisions, recoveries in qui tam cases have exceeded 18 billion, and realtors have obtained more than 2.8 billion in awards. Whistleblowers are usually ordinary people, often-longstanding employees and experts in their field, who take huge professional and personal risks to blow the whistle on corporate and government wrongdoing. They are often a lesser-known but vitally important part of government and industry regulatory and advisory systems. They are generally harassed, vilified, and fired or forced to resign.
Dr. Jonathan Oberg, a former employee of the Department of Education discovered that four student loan companies were improperly inflating their claims for government subsidies in violation of the False Claims Act. As a result of a whistleblower suit filed by Dr. Oberg, the Justice Department recovered fines totaling 57.75 million. The False Claims Act allows citizens who file whistleblower suits resulting in the recovery of taxpayer money to share in the recovery. As his share of the recovery, Dr. Oberg was paid a total of 16.65 million.
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