Qui Tam Recoveries Account for $2.9 Billion of the $3.8 Billion False Claims Act Cases in FY13 By Tod Aronovitz | 01/27/14 | 0 Comment

Settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud against the government amounted to $3.8 billion in fiscal year 2013.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, this is the fourth consecutive year that its efforts yielded more than $3 billion and is the second largest annual recovery of its type in history, only surpassed by the nearly $5 billion reclaimed in FY12.  A total of $17 billion has been recovered since January 2009.

Of the $3.8 billion recovered in FY13, $2.9 billion related to lawsuits filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, the Justice Department reported, with a total of 752 whistleblower lawsuits filed in FY13.

More than $345 million was paid out to vigilant individuals who exposed fraud and false claims by filing a qui tam complaint.  

Qui tam recoveries have continued to exceed $2 billion since FY10, partially due to the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, which made additional improvements to the False Claims Act and other fraud statutes.

Qui tam recoveries this past fiscal year bring the department’s totals since January 2009 to $13.4 billion. During the same period, the department paid out $1.98 billion in whistleblower awards.

As in previous years, the largest recoveries related to health care fraud, which reached $2.6 billion, marking the fourth straight year that the Department recovered more than $2 billion. Also, FY13 was a record year for procurement fraud matters. The department secured more than $887 million in settlements and judgments based on allegations of false claims and corruption involving government contracts.

In a news release statement, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, Stuart F. Delery said, “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.”

“We are also grateful to Congress and its continued support of strengthening the False Claims Act, including its qui tam provisions, giving the department the tools necessary to pursue false claims,” he said.

How to Report Miami Medicare Fraud

Healthcare or medical billing employees who have inside knowledge of questionable Medicare billing practices can file a confidential legal claim under the False Claims Act. By acting as a “whistleblower” in what is known as a “qui tam” lawsuit, a private party may collect between 10 to 30 percent of the amount recovered, depending on how the case is prosecuted.

ARONOVITZ LAW: Miami Whistleblower / Qui Tam Law Firm

The Miami Qui Tam law firm of ARONOVITZ LAW routinely works with Miami whistleblowers to document Medicare fraud and other forms of fraud against the government. Contact Miami Whistleblower / Qui Tam lawyer Tod Aronovitz to discuss a case.