The U.S. Justice Department announced yesterday that it recovered a record $3.1 billion through settlements and judgments in cases alleging fraud against the federal government during the government fiscal year that ended September 30, 2006.
By industry, 72 percent of the recoveries were in health care, 20 percent in defense, and 8 percent other. Health care fraud accounted for $2.2 billion in settlements and judgments, including a $920 million settlement with Tenet Healthcare Corporation, the nation’s second largest hospital chain. Although Medicare and Medicaid, both administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, bear the brunt of health care fraud, other programs that are affected include the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program run by the Office of Personnel Management, the TRICARE military health insurance program run by the Department of Defense, and health care programs run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Labor and the Railroad Retirement Board. Defense procurement fraud accounted for $609 million in settlement and judgment awards, including a $565 million settlement with The Boeing Company, the nation’s second largest defense contractor.