The 2013 Fiscal Year ended with the United States Justice Department securing $3.8 billion in False Claims Act cases, bringing the total recoveries under the False Claims Act since January 2009 to $17 billion according to a DoJ press release. “The $3.8 billion in federal False Claims Act recoveries in fiscal year 2013, plus another $443 million in recoveries for state Medicaid programs, restores scarce taxpayer dollars to federal and state governments,” said Assistant Attorney General Stuart F. Delery. “The government’s success in these cases is also a strong deterrent to others who would misuse public funds.”
Over 752 whistleblower suits were filed in 2013 alone, up from 433 in 2009. Of the nearly $4 billion in recoveries, $2.9 billion related to lawsuits filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Relators, the courageous individuals who exposed fraud and false claims by filing qui tam complaints, were paid more than $345 million in 2013. “These recoveries would not have been possible without the brave contributions made by ordinary men and women who made extraordinary sacrifices to expose fraud and corruption in government programs,” said Assistant Attorney General Delery. Delery went on to express his deep appreciation for the dedicated attorneys, investigators, auditors and other agency personnel that contributed to the department’s recoveries in the 2013 fiscal year.
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