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WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in a joint effort with the Justice Department, recouped more than $4 billion through fraud prevention and enforcement efforts in fiscal 2010, officials announced this week.

"Our aggressive pursuit of healthcare fraud has resulted in the largest recovery of taxpayer dollars in the history of the Justice Department," U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli said in a statement.

The recovered funds were returned to the Medicare Health Insurance Trust Fund, the Treasury, and other departments.