Exposing cheaters who commit fraud against the government is not easy. Yet hundreds of whistleblowers come forward every year — many because they feel it is their patriotic duty. For their efforts, successful whistleblowers can be rewarded handsomely.
In 2017, whistleblowers filed 669 qui tam suits and received, collectively, nearly $400 million in reward money.
If you have firsthand evidence showing fraud against the government, you are allowed to file suit on behalf of the government for violations of the federal False Claims Act. The suit is known as a "qui tam" action, and the person bringing the action is referred to as the "relator."