Ramped-Up Anti-Fraud Efforts Trigger Significant Jump In Prosecutions
USA Today: Health Care Fraud Prosecutions On Pace To Rise 85%
New government statistics show federal health care fraud prosecutions in the first eight months of 2011 are on pace to rise 85 percent over last year due in large part to ramped-up enforcement efforts under the Obama administration. The statistics, released by the non-partisan Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, show 903 prosecutions so far this year. That's a 24 percent 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 percent from five years ago, according to TRAC (Kennedy, 8/29).