Why do we spend so much time talking about the False Claims Act (“FCA” or “the Act”)? The short answer: It works. Through the FCA, our government fraud attorney is able to partner with private citizens to fight back against those who knowingly take money from government programs. A frightening amount of fraud occurs every year, much of it quite intentionally, including fraud targeting health care programs for the elderly, programs to aid the poor, military contract spending, and other important causes. However, we continue to have hope. The FCA is an excellent tool for fighting back, as illustrated by the recent government press release detailing the successes of the False Claims Act in 2015, and the honesty of ordinary citizens fuels its success.
Earlier this month, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a press release with a title that speaks for itself: “Justice Department Recovers Over $3.5 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in Fiscal Year 2015.” This makes four consecutive years with FCA recoveries exceeding the $3.5 billion mark and brings the total recovered under the FCA from January 2009 through the end of Fiscal Year 2015 (“FY2015;” unless otherwise indicated “2015” also refers to Fiscal Year 2015) to $16.4 billion.