Summary: S.248 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (04/05/1989)

Major Fraud Act Amendments of 1989 - Amends the Federal criminal code to authorize: (1) the Attorney General, under special circumstances, to make payments from Department of Justice funds to individuals furnishing information relating to a possible prosecution for a major fraud against the United States; and (2) the court, upon application by the Attorney General, to order that the Department shall be reimbursed for a payment from a criminal fine imposed for such fraud.

Makes ineligible for such a payment any individual who: (1) is a Government officer or employee acting in the performance of official duties; (2) failed to furnish the information to such individual's employer prior to furnishing it to law enforcement authorities (with exceptions); (3) is not the original source of the information which has been disclosed to the public; or (4) participated in the violation with respect to which payment would be made.

Specifies that the failure of the Attorney General to authorize a payment shall not be subject to judicial review.