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Justice Department Nets Record $5.7 Billion From False Claims Cases

Jaclyn Jaeger | November 21, 2014

The Department of Justice obtained a record $5.7 billion in recoveries from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2014, thanks mainly to significant settlements reached in the financial services and healthcare industries.   

The record amount represents the first time the agency has exceeded $5 billion in cases under the False Claims Act (FCA), and brings total recoveries from January 2009 through the end of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 to $22.7 billion—more than half the recoveries since Congress amended the FCA 28 years ago to strengthen the statute and increase the incentives for whistleblowers to file suit. “In the past three years, we have achieved the three largest annual recoveries ever recorded under the statute,” Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery said in a statement.  

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