Over the past year, the Department of Justice has charged nearly six hundred defendants with crimes involving over $600 million in fifty-six federal districts around the country. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on May 17 the establishment of a COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force.
The Task Force will augment and incorporate existing coordination mechanisms within the Department and will continue to work in close coordination with other efforts throughout the federal government, such as the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Relief and the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), which has made great strides in promoting transparency and supporting independent oversight of relief funds.
This increased attention will continue to focus on unemployment insurance fraud, Paycheck Protection Program loan fraud, and Provider Relief Fund payment fraud. Provider Relief Fund program funding occurred two weeks after enactment of the CARES Act, on April 10, 2020. Health and Human Services distributed $30 billion to eligible providers who billed Medicare fee-for-service, and an additional $16 billion was later distributed. These funds were allocated proportional to providers’ share of annual patient revenue.
More government resources:
- Memorandum for the Deputy Attorney General (May 17, 2021)
- Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery
- Pandemic Oversight
BRG’s qualified experts are able to assist those facing scrutiny from these governmental entities.