UTC and Florida’s WellCare boost US Atttorney’s Connecticut revenue

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut released its annual revenue collections announcing the Connecticut office took in about $60 million for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2012.
The report says the office collected $24 million from a settlement of four whistleblower lawsuits alleging Florida-based WellCare Health Plans violated the False Claims Act on several occasions. Hartford-based United Technologies provided the second largest payout of $18 million, settling civil and criminal charges related to the illegal export of technology to China though a Canadian subsidiary of UTC’s Pratt & Whitney division.
The rest of the money was generated through fines from criminal and civil cases and debt collection on behalf of federal loan programs.
“I appreciate the dedication of the people in this office and, notably, the work of our Civil Division and Financial Litigation Unit, in protecting the public and recovering this substantial amount of money,” said U.S. Attorney David B. Fein.  “Our attorneys and staff have managed to collect three times the entire budget of our office, funds that provide restitution and services to victims and pay for ongoing federal, state and local law enforcement efforts. We will continue to hold accountable those who seek to profit from illegal activities. ”
The Connecticut office’s total budget is $20 million.
Nationally, U.S. Attorneys collected a total of $13.16 billion a slight decrease from the $13.18 billion collected last year.
Rob Varnon