Each Strike Force team brings the investigative and data analytic resources of the FBI and HHSOIG and the prosecutorial resources of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices (USAOs) to analyze data obtained from a wide variety of sources including CMS and bring cases in federal district court. During FY 2020, Strike Force accomplishments in the areas noted above, as well as USAO accomplishments included:
- Filing 263 indictments, information, and complaints involving charges against 405 defendants who allegedly billed federal health care programs and private insurers more than $4.7 billion;
- Obtaining 254 guilty pleas and trying 24 jury trials, with guilty verdicts against 30 defendants; and
- Securing imprisonment for 254 sentenced defendants, with an average of nearly 42 months of incarceration per sentenced defendant.
Since its inception, Strike Force prosecutors filed more than 2,100 cases charging more than 4,600 defendants who collectively billed federal health care programs and private insurers approximately $23.0 billion; more than 3,000 defendants pleaded guilty and over 390 others were convicted in jury trials; and more than 2,800 defendants were sentenced to imprisonment for an average term of approximately 50 months. Medicare payment trends demonstrate the positive impact of Strike Force enforcement and prevention efforts.