In Spring 2021 we identified a need to re-sensitize all of us so we remember how big the fraud problem actually is, and to highlight the invaluable role that whistleblowers play in fighting all kinds of fraud. We realized this would involve more than a single podcast or blog post, and it also didn’t fit into the traditional model of a scholarly publication. We landed on the idea of a coordinated series of posts and our merry little band of volunteers worked tirelessly through the dog days of Summer 2021 to craft diverse content that could become a cite-worthy resource for those who are prosecuting fraud, while celebrating those who want to stop it. Since we launched our first post on September 1, 2021, Fraud by the Numbers has exceeded our expectations. The 2021 series has been viewed, tweeted, re-tweeted, cited in briefs and relied on in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Amendments to the False Claims Act.
We’re back this year to build on that success. Each day in September, there will be a new blog post at noon with facts about fraud whistleblowing in America. We will continue to supplement and enhance the Department of Justice’s annual summary of False Claims Act settlements and judgments, update some of the numbers we brought you in 2021 and roll out a lot of new numbers and statistics in our ongoing effort to help illustrate the scope of the fraud problem.
We hope these posts will be helpful to whistleblower lawyers and lawyers for the government, but they are intended to be read and shared by non-lawyers, potential whistleblowers, and anyone interested in the fight against fraud.
We’re picking up right where we left off because numbers don’t lie; fraudsters do.
Fraud By the Numbers was a massive undertaking, and we’d like to thank the following contributors for making the project a success:
- Taxpayers Against Fraud staff, Jeb White (President & CEO), Jacklyn DeMar (Director of Legal Education), and James King (Director of Communications & Digital), Julia-Jeane Lighten (Public Interest Advocacy Fellow) and Alex Cala (Legal Research Intern).
- TAF Public Education Committee Members Tony Munter (Price Benowitz, LLP), Regina Poserina (Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC) and Renee Brooker (Tycko & Zavareei LLP)
- TAF members Molly Knobler (Phillips & Cohen LLP), Noah Rich (Baron & Budd, P.C.), Liz Soltan (Constantine Cannon), Matthew Beddingfield (Zerbe, Miller, Fingeret, Frank, Jadav, & Hunziker LLP), Jill Estes (Morgan Verkamp) and Mary Inman (Constantine Cannon).