A qui tam is a provision of the Federal False Claims Act that allows private citizens, also known as whistleblowers or relators, to bring a lawsuit in the name of the U.S. Government against entities or persons suspected of fraud in the use of government funds. The qui tam plaintiff, if successful in the suit, is entitled to a percentage of the funds recouped by the government, which generally is between 15 to 30% of the recovered amount. Qui tam verdicts and settlements can reach into billions of dollars. In the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, the Justice Department recovered $2.4 billion in false claims cases, and posted total recoveries of more than $24 billion since 1986.