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$2.5 Billion Recovered in Health Care Fraud Cases

Federal agents recovered $2.5 billion from health care fraud judgments in the budget year that ended in September, a record-breaking amount they credit to whistle-blowers and a renewed effort from the Obama administration. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius plans to announce today the money won in cases under the False Claims Act, as well as ways last year's health care law will prevent fraud in 2011. Overall the government recovered $4 billion, including $1.5 billion in administrative findings, rather than court action.