The United States Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General released its semiannual report to Congress for the time period spanning from April 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020. The report contains numerous investigations into fraud, opioid use, children’s welfare, and various enforcement actions against white-collar crime.
According to the report, the government may be able to reclaim several billions in stolen or ill-gotten funds from the unethical people who used the pandemic to try to cheat others and profit. Of the more than $4 billion in expected recoveries, the report shows that more than $942 million could be returned based on program audit findings and $3.14 billion in expected investigative recoveries.
Christi A. Grimm, OIG’s principal deputy inspector general, said that OIG has been a leader in the fight against COVID-19–related fraud, “aggressively pursuing those who seek to exploit the public health emergency, endanger people, and steal public funds.”