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.
Chief, Civil Fraud Section
July 19, 2021
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Section Contact Information
The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Attn: Civil Fraud Section
300 North Los Angeles Street, Suite 7516
Los Angeles, California 90012