Stopping Health Care Fraud; DOJ Programs Make A Difference


Since May 2009, a joint collaboration between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services in combating health care fraud has resulted in charges against 120 defendants, in 18 separate criminal cases, for fraud schemes totaling approximately $120 million in taxpayer funds, Attorney General Holder and Secretary Sebelius announced in Detroit this week at a regional summit focusing on the topic. So far, eight of these individuals have been convicted at trial and 63 have pleaded guilty.

The summit in Detroit, the fifth in a series, was part of the greater strategy focusing on regional partnerships to investigate and prosecute health care fraud. Previous summits were held in Miami (July 16, 2010), Los Angeles (Aug. 26, 2010), Brooklyn, N.Y. (Nov. 5, 2010) and Boston (Dec. 16, 2010). The Affordable Care Act, which toughens laws for criminal activity in this area, provides the funding for these summits as well as other tools and technology to fight health care fraud.

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