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West asks Congress for help combating healthcare fraud

Main Justice, November 2, 2009

The Department of Justice and Congress are working together to beef up the government's ability to fight healthcare fraud. Assistant Attorney General Tony West told the Senate Judiciary Committee the DOJ "cannot combat this fraud alone." That same day, Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-DL) introduced the Health Care Fraud Enforcement Act, which includes changing sentencing guidelines for criminals convicted of healthcare fraud, making punishments "commensurate with costs" of the fraud, and increasing whistleblower payments.