Today, Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAFEF) announced the launch of a national COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Task Force to assist federal and state law enforcement in deterring, detecting, and exposing fraudulent business practices targeting government dollars.
Since 1986, the anti-fraud public interest organization TAFEF and its network of 400+ attorneys have played an important role in unmasking fraud schemes. The TAFEF COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Task Force consists of former government officials, subject matter experts, and experienced qui tam attorneys who have collectively assisted federal and state governments in recovering over $20 billion.
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history. The CARES Act injected over $2 trillion of government funds into the economy.
“In the wake the COVID-19 pandemic and the CARES Act, we have seen a disturbing array of fraudulent activity,” explained TAF COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Task Force Chairman Jim Breen. “The Task Force strives to shine a light on these fraud schemes and to support the fraud-fighting efforts of federal and state law enforcement.”
This week, TAFEF also launches a new weekly newsletter and dedicated webpages to educate the public about relevant COVID-19 fraud developments. In addition, TAFEF plans several upcoming public webcasts on common fraud schemes.
“TAFEF is uniquely positioned and qualified to assist with this public-private initiative,” stated TAF President Jeb White. “With specialized expertise and an attorney network spanning the country, TAFEF has a national vantage point to identify emerging trends impacting multiple jurisdictions and government programs.”