The U.S. Justice Department recovered more than $1.2 billion from fraud investigations and suits, including $980 million from healthcare entities, in the fiscal year 2002 that ended Sept. 30. This marks the third consecutive year Justice Department recoveries have topped $1 billion. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Robert McCallum Jr., who heads the department's civil division, said that since its 1986 revision the government has recovered more than $10 billion through the False Claims Act. In a written statement, McCallum said $5.9 billion of that amount was from the whistleblower provisions added to the Civil War-era law. "The success of this statute is a tribute to the vision of its sponsors, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), as well as the thousands of private citizens who have reported fraud by filing suit under the act," McCallum said. Of that $1.2 billion from 2002, $1.1 billion was generated through settlements spurred by whistleblower suits filed under the False Claims Act. -- by Mark Taylor
Justice Department recovers $1.2 billion
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