False Claims Act Update & Alert


Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund | Washington, D.C. | WWW.TAF.ORG          
November 22, 2010


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DoJ Recovers $3 Billion in
FY 2010 False Claims Act Cases

$2.5 Billion Health Care Fraud Recovery
More Than $27 Billion Since 1986

The Department of Justice has announced that in FY 2010, the U.S. Government recovered $3 billion in False Claims Act settlements and judgments.


  • Of the $3 billion recovered, health care civil fraud recoveries accounted for $2.5 billion of the total (83 percent).

  • The $3 billion recovered under the federal False Claims Act is actually an underestimate of the total amount recovered, as DoJ data does not include criminal fines or state portions of Medicaid settlements in its calculations.

  • DoJ notes that most successful False Claims Act cases are brought to the government by whistleblowers, and that the False Claims Act remains "the federal government’s primary weapon in the battle against fraud."

  • In Fiscal Year 2010,  False Claims Act whistleblowers were awarded $385 million, all of it paid for by fraudsters who faced triple damages for lying, stealing, and cheating the U.S. Government.

  • Since 1986, federal civil False Claims Act recoveries have totaled more than $27 billion.  Additional billions have been returned in the form of criminal penalties and state-portions of Medicaid fraud settlements sparked by federal False Claims Act cases.

  • Taxpayers Against Fraud calculates that, thanks to the efficiency of the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, the federal government returns $15 back for every $1 invested in FCA investigations and prosecutions in the health care arena.