The Curious Materiality Standards Of False Claims

Law360, New York (May 18, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT) -- “It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.” — Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, (1865).

The federal criminal statute prohibiting false, fictitious or fraudulent claims to the government, 18 U.S.C. § 287, reads in pertinent part:

"Whoever makes or presents ... any claim upon ... the U.S., knowing such claim to be false, fictitious or fraudulent, shall be imprisoned not more than five years and shall be subject to a fine."

The federal civil False Claims Act proscribing false or fraudulent...
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