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This ancient citation encapsulates the principle behind qui tam prosecutions (often referred to as whistleblower claims): By stepping forward with information concerning government fraud, an individual brings a legal action for himself as well as the Government. The Government has encouraged individuals to cooperate in prosecutions by offering financial awards since the 1860s; qui tam prosecutions have increased significantly since the amendments made to the False Claims Act in 1986, which increased incentives for those willing to blow the whistle on an employer or other entity engaging in fraudulent practices.

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