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Civil Fraud Section

Section Overview

The Civil Fraud Section’s principal mission is the recovery of federal funds obtained by fraud. The government’s primary tool in such cases is the civil False Claims Act. In fact, the vast majority of the Section’s cases are False Claims Act cases, and most of them are whistleblower actions brought by “qui tam relators,” who are generally entitled to 15% to 30% of the recovery in such actions. The remainder of the Section’s cases consists of miscellaneous penalty and damages actions, such as actions against pharmacies that violate the Controlled Substances Act, and actions to recover penalties imposed by administrative agencies.

The majority of the Section’s False Claims Act cases involve fraud against Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health insurance programs. The next largest percentage of the Section’s cases involves military procurement fraud by defense contractors. The remaining cases involve fraud against various other federal agencies, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the General Services Administration, the Department of Agriculture, the Customs Service, and the Postal Service.

Since 2001, the Civil Fraud Section has recovered in excess of $5 billion.



Chief, Civil Fraud Section



Recent Cases

August 25, 2021
Press Release
Downey Company that Provides In-Home Respiratory Services Agrees to Pay Over $3.3 Million to Resolve Fraud Allegations

July 23, 2021
Press Release
Interface Rehab to Pay $2 Million to Resolve Allegations It Caused Medicare Submissions for Unnecessary or Unreasonable Services

July 19, 2021
Press Release
Prime Healthcare Services and Two Doctors Agree to Pay $37.5 Million to Settle Allegations of Kickbacks, Billing for a Suspended Doctor, and False Claims for Implantable Medical Hardware

June 15, 2021
Press Release
United States Files Suit Against California Skilled Nursing Chain and its Owner for Allegedly Paying Illegal Kickbacks to Physicians

April 20, 2021
Press Release
Construction Firm Pays $2.5 Million to Settle Allegations of Exploiting Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program

Section Contact Information

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Civil Division
Attn: Civil Fraud Section
300 North Los Angeles Street, Suite 7516
Los Angeles, California 90012

Updated June 13, 2022

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