The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Annual Report for FY 2007. The HCFAC program is designed to coordinate federal, state and local law enforcement activities focused on health care fraud and abuse. Among other things, the report announces that the federal government won or negotiated approximately $1.8 billion in health care fraud judgments and settlements in FY 2007. Also during that period, U.S. Attorneys' Offices opened 878 new criminal health care fraud investigations, and federal prosecutors had a total of 1,612 health care fraud criminal investigations pending. A total of 560 defendants were convicted for health care fraud-related crimes during the year. With regard to civil cases, the Department of Justice opened 776 new civil health care fraud investigations and had 743 civil health care fraud investigations pending at the end of the fiscal year.
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