The New York Times cites Phillips & Cohen partner Jeffrey Dickstein about the nature of fraud against the government in its coverage of a $1 million False Claims Act settlement by the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
The accusations, part of a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by the former employee of an engineering firm, claim that the archdiocese received at least $46 million in fraudulent aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Katrina devastated the city in 2005.
“Unfortunately, when there is government money, there is often fraud,” said Jeffrey Dickstein, a lawyer representing Mr. Romero who is also a former federal prosecutor. “And when there is a lot of government money, there is a lot of fraud.”
Read the entire article, “Archdiocese of New Orleans to Pay $1 Million to Settle FEMA Fraud Claims,” on The New York Times’ website.