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U.S. Recovers Record $5 Billion in Government Fraud Cases

The U.S. obtained a record $5 billion from cases involving fraud against the government in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, an increase of almost $2 billion from the previous year, the Justice Department announced.

The recoveries under the False Claims Act included $3 billion in fraud from federal health-care programs, Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West said today at a briefing in Washington. That also marks a record for a single year.

“The department’s False Claims Act work not only protects the Treasury, but also reflects a deep commitment to protecting the health and safety of all Americans and bringing about meaningful change to eliminate cheating from business practices,” Stuart Delery, the principal deputy assistant attorney general, told reporters at the briefing.

The total for fiscal 2012 includes the recovery of $1.4 billion in housing and mortgage related cases, West said. The Justice Department has recovered $13.3 billion under the False Claims Act since January 2009.

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