Attorney James Young addresses the popular perception that whistleblowers are financially motivated.
I don’t think money is a primary motivator for people. I think it’s a factor and I think it’s a nice reward for them for doing the right thing. But I think–in my experience, most people come forward because they don’t like to see bad people doing bad things.
They don’t like to see the fraud happen against taxpayers and the federally insured systems like Medicare and Medicaid, and they don’t like to see bad guys get away with it.
So, I think it’s primarily integrity that drives them, not the money.