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January 9, 2012

Fraud prosecutions up 69%: Shift in investigators' tactics, evolution in technology seen as reasons
By Joe Carlson

An accounting of federal fraud cases based on Freedom of Information Act requests shows that 1,235 people were prosecuted for healthcare fraud in fiscal 2011--a record-shattering 69% increase over the prior year, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse project at Syracuse (N.Y.) University. That tally includes 548 defendants charged in Puerto Rico, where the HHS inspector general's office recently quadrupled its staff, growing its agent corps to nine from two. For comparison, the fraud hotbed of South Florida saw only 141 prosecutions in the same period, the TRAC project said.

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