The passage of the False Claims Act has been a game-changer when it comes to prosecuting fraud. This new legislation gives Florida residents the power to file a lawsuit for false claims. The government will be your backer. Those who win such lawsuits may be able to get a total of between 15% and 30% of the recovered funds.
Health care fraud claims are on the rise
The largest settlements related to health care fraud in 2021 came from suits involving prescription opioid makers. Many physicians were accused of writing prescriptions that were not found to be necessary. A number of large global pharma companies were also convicted of making a long series of false and misleading claims.
Many of the proceeds that came from these and other acts were then diverted into the illicit drug market. Government bodies, such as the FBI, DOJ and others, have increased their scrutiny of these companies. Much of the evidence they have gathered has come as a result of citizens filing fraud claims against these huge corporations.
How authorities deal with suspected health care fraud
The FBI, DOJ and other authorities are on the lookout for fraud related to health care billing and other activities. Since the number of fraud claims has risen, authorities have also increased the penalties related to conviction for these crimes.
If you have been accused of health care fraud, you’ll want to mount a defense to dispute the evidence. You may be able to prove that you didn’t know about the fraud taking place at the company you work for, or it may be a case of mistaken or stolen identity.