Remarks by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell at the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference

Thank you, for that kind introduction.  And thanks to everyone at Taxpayers Against Fraud for inviting me to speak to you today.

It has been my privilege, over the past several months, to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.

The Criminal Division handles a wide range of cases: from sophisticated financial fraud to global narcotics trafficking, from cybercrime to corruption, and many other matters in between.

We have more than 600 smart, hard-working prosecutors who operate at the cutting edge of criminal law enforcement.  When a new fraud scheme evolves from an old scheme, we often are the first to see it, and we often are the first to investigate and prosecute it.  When criminals adapt their techniques, we see it, and we too adapt.

Together with our partners in the 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country, as well as our law enforcement partners in the United States and across the globe, we in the Criminal Division are committed to investigating and prosecuting the most challenging types of criminal cases as they arise.

In bringing those cases, we use all of the many tools available to us.  Today, I want to announce that we will be stepping up our use of one tool, and that is the fine work done by all of you in investigating and filing cases under the False Claims Act.

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