False Claims Act cases have returned over $62 billion to the federal government since Congress strengthened the False Claims Act in 1986. The False Claims Act is clearly the most successful antifraud law in the United States. In the latest fiscal year, the government recovered over $3.7 billion as the result of fraud and false claims cases. The vast majority of the recoveries were the result of courageous whistleblowers who stood up against their dishonest employers and filed Healthcare Fraud qui tam lawsuits.
Commenting on the high priority placed upon deterring fraud against the Government, Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt stated: “The continued success of the Department’s False Claims Act enforcement efforts are a testament to the tireless efforts of the civil servants who investigate, litigate, and try those important cases as well as to the fortitude of whistleblowers who report fraud.”
Throughout the legislation’s history, lobbyists for industries subject to False Claims Act prosecution, and in particular, the healthcare industries, have aggressively pushed to derail the False Claims Act qui tam mechanism. Fortunately, Congress has refused to ignore the overwhelming effectiveness of this important fraud-fighting weapon. Significant to the countereffort has been Nolan, Auerbach & White partner, Jeb White.
Taxpayers Against Fraud reminded Congress and the public about the real-world success of the Act, when it released its report, The Importance of Whistleblowers to Reducing Fraud Against the Federal Government and Recovering Funds for Taxpayers. Authored by economist Jack Meyer of Health Management Associates, the report was a response to a paper published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Your courage, perseverance, and heroism are necessary in the fight against Healthcare Fraud. Nolan Auerbach & White will fight for you, your principles, and your just reward. Contact us.