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December 30, 2011

DOJ Posts Record For Health Care Fraud Cases
By Carrie Johnson

The Justice Department is on track to post a record number of health care fraud prosecutions in 2011. Researchers say DOJ reported 1,235 new cases this year, the largest since they began tracking the crime 20 years ago. U.S. Attorney's Offices in Miami, Puerto Rico and Houston accounted for the biggest number of cases. And DOJ officials say recoveries in these cases are bringing lots of money back to the U.S. Treasury. But some onlookers say the federal government can do more to nip health care fraud in the bud by cutting off payments to fraudulent recipients before they happen. Health and Human Services agents have been working side by side with prosecutors on special health care teams in nine different U.S. cities, bringing scams to light and bringing the scammers to justice. This year, the Justice Department brought more than 1,200 criminal prosecutions, according to a new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The Syracuse report says that's the highest number in over a decade.

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