The Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section investigates and litigates some of the Civil Division’s most significant cases. Working with United States Attorneys, investigative agencies, and whistleblowers, Frauds Section attorneys have recovered more than $62 billion in False Claims Act settlements and judgments since 1986, in addition to billions of dollars in recoveries under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act. Examples of recent cases brought by the Fraud Section include those alleging pharmaceutical manufacturers driving up opioid use by paying kickbacks to prescribers; defense contractors selling defective goods and services to the military; hospitals and other health care providers subjecting Medicare and Medicaid patients to unreasonable and unnecessary care to drive up costs; banks and financial institutions manufacturing and selling billions of dollars of fraudulent mortgage-backed securities that contributed to the Financial Crisis; mortgage lenders making false representations to gain access to federal loan guarantee programs; and unscrupulous contractors exploiting national disasters to maximize profit. Some priority areas of enforcement for the Branch include:
The Fraud Section also houses the Elder Justice Initiative, which supports and helps to coordinate the Department’s enforcement and programmatic efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of the nation’s seniors. To learn more about the Elder Justice Initiative, visit www.elderjustice.gov.