Washington, DC. – October 1, 2007. Several whistleblowers provided confidential information to the United States Department of Justice which resulted in a $515 million taxpayer recovery against the drug company Bristol Myers to settle health care fraud allegations. The settlement was announced by the Department of Justice and Acting Attorney General Peter Keisler on Friday, September 28, 2007. The drug company paid the federal government over $328 million in civil fraud damages and penalties, and paid various state governments over $187 million, plus interest, to settle seven whistleblower lawsuits.