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DOJ, FCA Defendant Spar Over “Abusive” Discovery

Counsel for a defendant in a False Claims Act case alleging fraud on the Food and Drug Administration pushed back on Department of Justice claims that their discovery requests were intentionally onerous. In a recent hearing, a New York federal court considered DOJ’s opposition to a discovery request from McKesson Corp. seeking 42,000 pages of […]
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DOJ Selects Acting Chief David Last to Head the FCPA Unit

The Department of Justice (DOJ) chose David Last to lead the DOJ Fraud Section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit as Chief. Last was Acting Chief of the FCPA Unit since April 2020 and has significant experience prosecuting corruption and bribery cases throughout his career. Last has been with DOJ since 2006 and was involved […]
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AG Announces Initiatives Against Human Trafficking and Corruption in Central American Countries

Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced steps the DOJ is taking to address the threats posed by both corruption and by transnational human smuggling...

COVID-19 Fraud Task Force Established

Intensifying its crackdown on suspected fraud in pandemic relief programs, the U.S. Department of Justice has established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force, sending a clear message that any individual or business that benefited from government aid should expect enhanced scrutiny. Due to the unprecedented scope of the aid programs and that they were administered […]
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DOJ Announces COVID-Related Fraud Charges

The Department of Justice has filed criminal charges against 14 defendants for alleged healthcare fraud schemes that exploited the COVID-19 pandemic, and resulted in over $143 million in false billings. Separately, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services took adverse administrative actions against over 50 medical providers for schemes similar in theme. For example, some […]
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Criminal Enforcement under the Biden Administration

We are nearly six months into the Biden administration and its civil and criminal enforcement policies are taking shape. Under the Trump administration, the government’s enforcement focus shifted away from white collar crimes and violations towards immigration, violent crimes, opioids, and the like. Environmental enforcement in particular dipped dramatically. Although the Biden administration has not […]
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DOJ Announces New COVID-19 Fraud Task Force

Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced a new task force to combat COVID-19 fraud, an area of major concern with the trillions of dollars in pandemic and economic relief being distributed, and a particular interest of President Biden, who advocated for rigorous oversight of funds in President Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus program. The task force […]
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Alabama AmeriCorps Grantee Pays $30,000 for Improperly Retained Funds

Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership, Inc. has agreed to pay $30,000 and to implement enhanced compliance measures to resolve claims arising from SEACAP’s administration of community service grants funded through AmeriCorps. For years, SEACAP has administered multiple grants in AmeriCorps’ Senior Corps program, but allegedly retained an amount of federal funds, even after being told […]
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Antitrust Division Praises Early Success and Heralds New Endeavors for Procurement Collusion Strike Force

As part of its annual Spring Update, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice touted the expansion and early success of its Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF), both in coordinating efforts among local, state, and federal enforcers and in leveraging the resources and skills of those stakeholders to identify potential antitrust violations in government […]
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Lopsided Start To Fiscal Year 2021 Outpaces Total False Claims Act Recoveries From 2020

With the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 complete, the Department of Justice looks to be on pace for a banner year with respect to False Claims Act recoveries. DOJ recovered $3.23 billion in this quarter alone, which by our count (DOJ has not yet released its official statistics) is more than DOJ recovered in […]
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