Washington - The U.S. Department of Justice recovered a record $3.1 billion in fraudulent claims in fiscal 2006, with 72 percent of the recoveries in health care. A single hospital chain, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp., paid back $920 million in one of the year’s largest settlements with the federal government, according to the Justice Department.

Although Medicare and Medicaid bear the brunt of health care fraud against the government, the Justice Department says, other affected programs include Federal Employees Health Benefits, TRICARE military health insurance and health care programs run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Labor and the Railroad Retirement Board.

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