Sixty-four percent of business professionals polled during a recent Deloitte webcast think the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act will be effective in increasing the total dollar amount the government will recover under the False Claims Act, according to a Jan. 27 Deloitte press release.
Respondents indicated their greatest concerns under the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act’s enforcement changes are: an expanded universe of companies potentially liable for FCA violations (24 percent); increased consequences of failing to return overpayments to the government (13 percent); extended whistleblower protections to non-employees (12 percent); and revived government ability to use Civil Investigative Demands (11 percent).
Approximately two-thirds (66 percent) of respondents were unaware that private qui tam plaintiffs — or whistleblowers — can bring suits under the FCA on behalf of the U.S. government against companies misusing government funds and keep a share of recovered funds.
Respondents expect that the financial services (44 percent) and health care and life sciences (23 percent) industries will see the highest increase in litigation resulting from increased Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, as well as FCA enforcement activity.
More than 800 business professionals from the banking and securities, consumer and industrial products, energy, resources and power, financial services, health care and life sciences, public sector technology, media and telecommunications and manufacturing industries responded to the online polling questions during an October 2009 Deloitte webcast.
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