On January 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that its Medicare Fraud Task Force had “set record numbers for health care prosecutions in Fiscal Year 2013.”  DOJ specifically reported that “the strike force set records in the number of cases filed (137), individuals charged (345), guilty pleas secured (234), and jury trial convictions (46).”  DOJ also noted that defendants sentenced in FY 2013 faced an average of 52 months in prison.