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Justice Department Recovers $3.8 Billion from False Claims Act Cases in Fiscal Year 2013

Second Largest Annual Recovery in History Whistleblower Lawsuits Soar to 752

“The Justice Department secured $3. 8 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud against the government in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Stuart F. Delery announced today.  This dollar amount, which is the second largest annual recovery of its type in history, brings total recoveries under the False Claims Act since January 2009 to $17 billion – nearly half the total recoveries since the Act was amended 27 years ago in 1986. The Justice Department’s fiscal year 2013 efforts recovered more than $3 billion for the fourth year in a row and are surpassed only by last year’s nearly $5 billion in recoveries.  As in previous years, the largest recoveries related to health care fraud, which reached $2.6  billion.  Procurement fraud (related primarily to defense contracts) accounted for another $ 890  million – a record in that area.”

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