The U.S. Department of Justice announced False Claims Act Recoveries totaling $4.7 Billion in 2016 from successful False Claims Act cases. Of this overall amount, $2.5 billion came from the health care industry, primarily pharmaceutical companies, medical device equipment & equipment companies, hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, and physicians. The second largest recoveries came from the financial services industry, with $1.7 billion, mainly involving underwriting and lending fraud in the residential mortgage markets.
According to DOJ, whistleblowers filed 702 qui tam suits under the False Claims Act in fiscal year 2016, and DOJ recovered $2.9 billion from these and earlier filed qui tam lawsuits. As a result, whistleblowers were awarded $519 million for cases that settled or were decided in court during 2016.