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Associated Press
January 15, 2014

Report: Federal health-care fraud prosecutions reach new record; southern Illinois notable
By Jim Suhr


ST. LOUIS A nonprofit federal data tracker says the U.S. government filed a record number of health-care fraud cases during the latest federal fiscal year. Southern Illinois federal prosecutors helped lead the way in pursuing charges against such white-collar scammers. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University says in a new report that 377 new prosecutions were opened during the fiscal year ending last October. That's up 3 percent from the previous year and 7.7 percent from five years ago. The clearinghouse says prosecutions that the U.S. Attorney's Office in southern Illinois opened led the nation per-capita. That's more than eight times the U.S. average. Those behind the report say the latest numbers may reflect that federal authorities are devoting more resources toward attacking health-care fraud.


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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