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False Claims Recoveries Top $3 Billion in 2010

Melissa Klein Aguilar | November 29, 2010

The Obama Administration is making good on its promise to crackdown on fraud against the government generally, and public healthcare programs in particular, according to the latest False Claims Act recovery statistics.

The Department of Justice collected $3 billion in civil settlements and judgments in cases involving fraud against the government in fiscal 2010, marking the second largest annual recovery of civil fraud claims. Most of that came from healthcare fraud recoveries, which DoJ said set a record of $2.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

The 2010 figures bring the total tally for recoveries under the FCA since it was amended in 1986 to allow private citizens to file qui tam lawsuits on the government's behalf to more than $27 billion.

Most ($2.3 billion) of the $3 billion in recoveries in 2010 came from cases...

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