Qui Tam Statistics and Facts

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One of the first examples of Qui Tam legislation in the US can be traced back to the Civil War, when Congressional hearings disclosed widespread instances of military contractor fraud that included defective products, substitution of inferior material, and illegal price gouging of the Union Army. At the urging of Abraham Lincoln, Congress enacted the Civil False Claims Act, including Qui Tam provisions, as a tool to fight fraud.

Between 1863 and 1986 the False Claims Act was seldom used. But in 1986, the False Claims Act was revived and Congress added additional Whistleblower provisions. Since 1986, Qui Tam recoveries have exceeded $17 billion with most of the successes involving fraud in defense and health care programs.

Qui Tam Cases

The number of Qui Tam cases being filed under the False Claims Act have increased significantly over the last 20 years. There were 415 Qui Tam cases filed under the False Claims Act in 2004, that is the 4th highest number of claims filed during any year. According to the Department of Justice’s own statistics, in 2004, False Claims Act fraud recoveries brought in $667,782,529, and the relators’ share of awards totaled $108,571,026.

Of the 4,704 Qui Tam cases brought to the Department of Justice as of Sept. 30, 2004, the government chose to intervene in 809, and 705 resulted in settlements or judgments Healthcare fraud cases and more specifically those involving Medicare fraud have become the most frequent type of Qui Tam case filed under the False Claim Act.

Money Recovered in Whistleblower Lawsuits

The amount of money recovered by the Department of Justice due to Qui Tam lawsuits has grown significantly in the past 20 years. In 1988, the government recovered a paltry $355,000 from Whistleblower lawsuits. Just 10 years later that amount had grown to $433 million. Some years, the recoveries have been astonishing, such as in 2002 and 2003, when the government was able to recover $1.04 billion and $1.48 billion respectively as a result of Whistleblower lawsuits.

And even when the Department of Justice decides not to intervene in a Qui Tam lawsuit, the recoveries are still substantial. In 2001, Qui Tam lawsuits in which the government was not a party still recovered $125.7 million. Regardless of whether or not the Department of Justice chooses to intervene, our Whistleblower lawsuit lawyers will make sure the relators we represent are compensated to the fullest extent possible.

Whistleblower Rewards

When the government did intervene in Whistleblower lawsuits, relators have been awarded a total of $1.330 billion, or about 16.84% of the total amount recovered under the False Claims Act. In Whistleblower lawsuits where the government declined to intervene and a relator was responsible for running the case, Whistleblowers were awarded a total of $92.15 million, or about 25% of the total monies recovered.

Fraud against the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services have yielded the most recoveries and relator rewards in Whistleblower lawsuits. Qui Tam lawsuits involving the Department of Defense resulted in recoveries of $1.61 billion and Whistleblower rewards totaling $293.74 million. Those involving Health and Human Services resulted in recoveries of $5.66 billion, with a total of $959.32 million going to relators.

If you have information regarding fraud that falls under the provisions of the False Claims Act, you would be doing yourself and your fellow taxpayers a great service by coming forward. But before you come forward, please contact one of our Whistleblower lawyers for a free consultation. You can be assured that your rights will be protected, and the Whistleblower lawsuit lawyers at our firm will work hard to insure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

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