The Department of Justice announced that fiscal year 2013 was a record year for recovery of taxpayer dollars under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) with $3.8 billion obtained in settlements and judgments from FCA defendants. This recovery, the second largest in history, brings the total amount recovered under the Act since January 2009 to $17 billion. Healthcare fraud cases accounted for $2.6 billion of the total amount with procurement and defense fraud cases accounting for $890 million. The vast majority of the $3.8 billion recovered in 2013, $2.9 billion, came through qui tam suits, with whistleblowers receiving $345 million under the Act. Fiscal year 2013 also had 752 qui tam filings, the largest number of filings in history.
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