The Associated Press reports that the False Claims Act has had its biggest impact in the health care industry. The story outlines some of the largest recoveries to date, including $1.7 billion paid by HCA to resolve Medicare fraud charges.
A government lawyer told AP that fraud is difficult to find without the help of whistleblowers. In fiscal year 2003 whistleblowers received $319 million in rewards for their contributions to fighting fraud against government programs.
The AP story was carried by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 24, 2004.