Ambassador John Phillips

Ambassador John Phillips is one of the key architects of the 1986 False Claims Act amendments, which revitalized a Civil War-era law and turned it into the government’s best tool to combat waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars.

Phillips discusses his early law career, his many fights with the gun lobby, and his quest to revive the False Claims Act, along with where he sees the law going in the future.

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“Fraud in America” is produced by Jeb White, James King, Emma Bass, and Jacklyn DeMar; research by Kathleen Scanlan and Max Voldman; edited by Rachel Brooks; original music by Connor Kaos.

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