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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 $2.75 billion.

Leadership

David Barrett
Chief, 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.

Recent Cases

August 24, 2016
Press Release
Defunct Cosmetology School’s Insurer Pays $8.6 Million to Resolve Claims that School Improperly Obtained Federal Student Loan Funds

July 6, 2016
Press Release
Information Technology Companies to Pay $5.8 Million for Misrepresentations Relating to Small Business Status and Contract Fee Payments

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Press Release
United States Intervenes in False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Prime Healthcare Services Inc. and its CEO Alleging Unnecessary Inpatient Admissions from Emergency Rooms

Monday, November 2, 2015
Press Release
SoCal Company Pays $4 Million and Enters into Agreement to Resolve Allegations it Overcharged U.S. Military for Fruit, Vegetables

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 August 24, 2016