Justice Department Recovers over $3.5 Billion from False Claims Act Cases in Fiscal Year 2015

Healthcare, mortgage, and government contract fraud dominated fiscal year 2015 recoveries. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Department of Justice has exceeded $3.5 billion in recovery.

The False Claims Act imposes liability on persons and companies who defraud governmental programs. It is the federal Government’s primary litigation tool in combating fraud against the Government.[1] The law includes a qui tam provision that allows people who are not affiliated with the Government, called “relators” under the law, to file actions on behalf of the government (informally called “whistleblowing,” especially when the relator is employed by the organization accused in the suit).

 

[1] http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-recovers-over-35-billion-false-claims-act-cases-fiscal-year-2015