Understand the Risks and Reward of Becoming a Whistleblower
In 1987, the government increased incentive payments to whistleblowers. That year, 30 citizens filed Qui Tam litigation. In 2013, 753 Qui Tam lawsuits were filed. The government recovered $3.8 billion dollars and $387 million was awarded to the individuals who initiated those claims.
Under the False Claims Act and other whistleblower laws, citizens who initiate Qui Tam lawsuits are eligible for 15 to 30 percent of the government’s recovery. This means that whistleblowers can receive significant financial rewards. But, a whistleblower reward isn’t easy money. Whistleblowers risk retaliation from their employer, damage to their professional reputation, and the loss of personal relationships. Read more