General Schemes vs. Specific Claims

By: Jacqueline C. Wolff
– Business Crimes Bulletin

The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, which allow private individuals ("relators") to bring suit on behalf of the federal government and keep a percentage of the proceeds, continue to be some of the most potent weapons in the government's antifraud arsenal. In fiscal year 2013, over three-quarters of the $3.8 billion recovered by the Department of Justice (DOJ) from FCA cases came from cases brought by relators. Over that same period, relators brought 752 new FCA suits.

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