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Bothwell Law Group 304 Macy Dr, Roswell, GA 30076

The False Claims Act was amended in 1986 (twenty years ago) to provide incentives for ordinary citizens to ferret out fraud on the United States taxpayers.  Recently, the money recovered under this act reached the milestone of $19 billion.  However, this is the tip of the iceberg.  In the hearings on the amendments in 1985, the GAO reported that about 10% of the federal budget was lost to fraud every year.  The GAO estimated that fraud cost the government over $100 billion per year.  In other words, the total fraud money recovered in the past twenty years does not even equate to 20% of the fraud committed in the first year.  More whistleblowers are needed.