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NCJ Number: 67032 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SHOULD COORDINATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL REMEDIES TO EFFECTIVELY PURSUE FRAUD IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Comptroller General
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 68
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE REPORTED FROM A GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE ASSESSMENT OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S STRATEGY FOR COMBATTING FRAUD IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS.
Abstract: IN MANY FRAUD CASES, CONSIDERATION IS RARELY GIVEN TO POTENTIAL CIVIL REMEDIES UNTIL AFTER A CRIMINAL CASE IS COMPLETED. CONSEQUENTLY, CIVIL REMEDIES ARE OFTEN UNTIMELY, REDUCING THE CHANCE FOR RECOVERING LOSSES. ALTHOUGH JUSTICE OFFICIALS HAVE ESTABLISHED A POLICY ADVOCATING THE COORDINATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL ACTIONS, A REVIEW OF NINE JUDICIAL DISTRICTS AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S CIVIL DIVISION SHOWED THAT LITTLE PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN IMPLEMENTING THE COORDINATION POLICY. JUSTICE HAS NEITHER PROVIDED ADEQUATE GUIDANCE TO ADDRESS ATTORNEYS' CONCERNS ABOUT LEGAL BARRIERS TO EARLY CONSIDERATION OF CIVIL SANCTIONS, NOR DEVELOPED AN EFFECTIVE REFERRAL SYSTEM WHICH WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT FRAUD CASES ARE REVIEWED FOR CIVIL PROSECUTION AT AN EARLY STAGE. JUSTICE'S ATTORNEYS ALSO DO NOT ADEQUATELY CONSIDER DEFENDANTS' FINANCIAL STATUS WHEN COMPROMISING AND SETTLING FRAUD CASES. ADDITIONALLY, ITS EFFORTS TO OVERSEE AND MONITOR THE COLLECTION OF FRAUD DEBTS HAVE BEEN UNSATISFACTORY. BETTER ATTORNEY TRAINING AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF COORDINATION POLICIES REGARDING CIVIL CRIMINAL ACTION IN FRAUD CASES WOULD HELP IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ACTION AGAINST FRAUD. JUSTICE AGREES WITH THE RECOMMENDED APPROACHES, BUT DOES NOT ACCEPT ITS FAILURE IN CERTAIN AREAS. SEVERAL LETTERS ARE APPENDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--RCB)
Index Term(s): Civil remedies; Evaluation; Fraud; Prosecution; US Department of Justice; US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
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