Fraudulent Claim Recoveries Net US $1.34bn
The United States successfully secured $1.34 billion in the 12 months to the end of September from settlements linked to cases involving fraudulent claims for federal government funding, it has been announced.
According to new figures from the Justice Department, around 78 per cent of the money recovered came from cases initiated by private citizens under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA), which authorizes individuals to file lawsuits on behalf of the US in cases where the government has been defrauded.
The department added that the latest round of recoveries bring the total settlements secured under the FCA since it was amended in 1986 to over $21 billion.
Cases in the 2008 fiscal year covered federally-funded programs such as Medicare, defense procurement contracts, disaster assistance loans and agricultural subsidies.
Gregory Katsas, assistant attorney general for the department's civil division, said: "Now, more than ever, it is crucial that taxpayer dollars aren't lost to fraud."
During the 2007 fiscal year, around $2 billion was recovered under the FCA, Bloomberg reports.