Criminal Prosecutors Will Review All New FCA Complaints
By: Julie Simer, Esq.
In remarks at the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference on September 17, 2014 in Washington, D.C., Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, Leslie R. Caldwell, announced that through its Fraud Section, the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division will be committing more resources to combat violations of the False Claims Act.
She announced a new procedure whereby all new qui tam complaints filed with the Civil Division will be shared with the Criminal Division as soon as the cases are filed. She explained that experienced prosecutors in the Fraud Section are immediately reviewing the qui tam cases when they receive them to determine whether to open a parallel criminal investigation. This new policy will surely result in an increase in the number of qui tam cases prosecuted by the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section.