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The Saginaw News
August 30, 2011

Report: Federal insurance fraud prosecution up under Obama; stats follow trial of three Saginaw women
By Justin L. Engel

SAGINAW — News that government statistics show prosecutors nationally are increasing health care fraud prosecutions in the first eight months of 2011 comes less than a week after a U.S. District Court federal jury in Bay City found three Saginaw residents guilty of charges of conspiracy to defraud Progressive Insurance over the mail. A Tuesday USA Today report indicates prosecutions of similar health care fraud-related crimes in the first eight months of 2011 are on pace to rise 85 percent over last year because of “ramped-up efforts” under the Obama administration. USA Today: The statistics, released by the non-partisan Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, show 903 prosecutions so far this year. That's a 24% increase over the total for all of fiscal year 2010, when 731 people were prosecuted for health fraud through federal agencies across the country. Prosecutions have gone up 71% from five years ago, according to TRAC. "This was a fairly dramatic number of prosecutions," said David Burnham, co-director of TRAC. TRAC is a research organization at Syracuse University that submits Freedom of Information Act requests for government data, and then reports the results.

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