The second largest section within the Civil Division is the Civil Fraud section, which has 15 assigned AUSAs. This section investigates and litigates civil False Claims Act cases involving fraud on the United States and civil penalty cases involving a broad variety of government programs. False Claims Act cases primarily involve defense contractor and health care fraud.
Since 2005, the Section has recovered nearly $2 billion for the United States Treasury in False Claims Act cases. Many of the section’s cases are begun by whistle blowers, who file their complaints under seal. The government then investigates the allegations, and can elect to pursue the action after it is unsealed if the allegations have merit. The whistle blower typically is entitled to 15% to 25% of the proceeds of the action.
David Barrett, Chief of the Civil Fraud Section
David Barrett joined the Office in June 1999, working in the Civil Fraud Section and serving as a Deputy Chief in Civil Fraud from February 2012 to December 2013. He was appointed Civil Fraud Chief in December 2013, and has been a Professional Responsibility Officer since February 2014. David has handled and supervised all types of False Claims Act cases, including healthcare fraud, defense and non-defense procurement fraud, as well as affirmative civil enforcement actions on behalf of a wide variety of government agencies. For his accomplishments in the healthcare fraud case against Tenet Healthcare Corporation, in which the government recovered $900 million, David received the Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention, Special Commendation for Outstanding Service in the Civil Division, and the Office of Inspector General Cooperative Achievement Award from the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to coming to the Office, David was a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster and one of its predecessor law firms, Hufstedler & Kaus, as well as a Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender. David received his J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law, where he was named a Distinguished Advocate in moot court competition, and obtained a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in international relations from Stanford University.