Summary: The False Claims Act 31 U.S.C. sec. 3729-3733, protects the federal government against fraud and abuse. Under the False Claims Act (FCA), anyone who knowingly submit, or causes another person or entity to submit, or knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement to get a false or fraudulent claim paid or approval of government funds are liable for three times the government's damages plus civil penalties of $5,500 to $11,000 per false claim.
The term "knowingly" means that a person:
- has actual knowledge of the information;
- acts in deliberate ignorance of the truth or falsity of the information; or
- acts in reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of the information, and no proof of specific intent to defraud is required.
The FCA contains qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions which allow anyone with evidence of fraud to sue on behalf of the government, in order to recover overpayments of federally funded health care programs. The Department of Justice can investigate and decide whether to join the action. If the government elects not to intervene, the qui tam relator may proceed with the action. The whistleblower may be awarded a percentage of the recovered funds.
For a further information on the FCA for OU/OUHSC, please click on False Claims Act
For further details, access Department of Justice resources on the False Claims Act, click on the link(s) below -
False Claims Act Title 31
False Claims Report