SAINT LOUIS, March 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Korein Tillery has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of U.S. Senator Charles E. Grassley in support of the Respondents in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States and Commonwealth of Massachusetts ex rel. Julio Escobar and Carmen Correa.
Senator Grassley was the principal sponsor in the Senate of the False Claims Amendments Act of 1986 that modernized the FCA, and was one of the Senate sponsors of the Fraud Enforcement & Recovery Act of 2009 (FERA), which further strengthened the FCA as an effective tool for combating Government fraud. Senator Grassley has remained an active defender of the original intent of the legislation.
The amicus brief argues that the FCA has never required that an express certification of compliance accompany false or fraudulent claims for payment. The FCA was broadly written against the backdrop of the Civil War to prevent the increasingly resourceful attempts by swindlers to cheat the Government. In 1986, recognizing that false and fraudulent claims can take "many forms," Congress reaffirmed 1) the core purpose of the Act--capturing every form of fraudulent scheme that threatens the Treasury, and 2) that the Act must be broadly construed in service of these ends. An Express False Statement of Compliance Requirement plainly contradicts Congress' policy aims in enacting and amending the FCA.
by Eva Stojchevska
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