Friday, October 5, 2012
The Medicare Fraud Strike Force activities of yesterday were impressive (see here), but not new for the present AG's office. AG Holder promised that health care fraud would be a priority, and he has carried through with this promise. In this recent instance we are seeing 91 individuals being indicted across the country in a massive "Medicare Fraud Takedown." Assistant AG Lanny Breuer stated that "[t]his represents one of the largest Medicare fraud takedowns in Department history, as measured by the amount of alleged fraudulent billings." AG Holder noted that "[s]ince the first Strike Force was launched in 2007, these teams have charged nearly 1,500 defendants for falsely billing the Medicare program more than $4.8 billion."
Although I have not counted them, I can note that the DOJ press releases coming through my emails definitely support their claim that health care fraud has been a top priority for this DOJ.
Some may argue that those being indicted here are not the real offenders in the system - after all, how many lower level individuals get caught in instances of trying to do what they think is required of them in their job. But two things come from any large scale prosecution such as this one: 1) with convictions will come general deterrence - in that they will be sending a message to others in the system that fraudulent conduct will not be tolerated; and 2) through these indictments, are likely to come more prosecutions as individuals plead guilty and offer to cooperate with the government.
The NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson is a "boot-camp" program for practitioners wishing to gain key advocacy skills and learn substantive white collar law. The program will cover client retention, investigation in a white collar case, handling searches and grand jury subpoenas, and dealing with parallel proceedings. Participants will have the experience of negotiating a plea, making proffers, and examining which experts to hire and how to protect the client in this process. Interactive sessions with top white collar practitioners will allow the participants to learn trial skills such as opening statements, cross-examination, jury instructions, closing arguments, and sentencing – all in the context of a white collar matter. For more information here and to apply here.
When - January 9-13
Where- Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
Hotel - Loews Don CeSar Hotel, 3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
A. Brian Albritton - Phelps Dunbar, LLP
Michael Attanasio - Cooley, LLP
Henry W. Asbill - Jones Day
Steven Benjamin - Benjamin & DesPortes, P.C. (President of NACDL)
Joseph Bodiford - Bodiford Law
Barry Boss - Cozen O'Connor
Ellen C. Brotman - Montgomery McCracken
Robert M. Cary - Williams & Connolly, LLP
Lee A. Coppock - Stetson University College of Law
David Debold - Gibson Dunn
Lucian E. Dervan -Southern Illinois University School of Law
Ernest Dixon - Navigant Consulting
Donna Lee Elm - Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Florida
James E. Felman - Kynes, Markman & Felman, P.A.
Jack E. Fernandez - Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP
Roberta Flowers - Stetson University College of Law
Todd Foster - Todd Foster Law Group
Ross H. Garber - Shipman & Goodwin, LLP
David Gerger - Gerger & Clarke
Lawrence S. Goldman -Goldman & Johnson
Helen Gredd - Lankler Siffert & Wohl, LLP
John Wesley Hall, Jr. - John Wesley Hall Little Rock Criminal Defense
Jan Lawrence Handzlik - Venable, LLP
Rusty Hardin - Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP
A. Jeff Ifrah - Ifrah Law
G. Douglas Jones - Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC
Anthony A. Joseph - Maynard Cooper and Gale, P.C.
David S. Krakoff - Buckley Sandler, LLP
Sara Kropf - Baker Botts, LLP
Latour Lafferty - Fowler White Boggs
John F. Lauro - Lauro Law Firm
Johnny Lee - Grant Thornton, LLP
Janet Levine - Crowell Moring
Abbe David Lowell - Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Bruce Lyons - Lyons & Sanders Chartered
Edward A. Mallett - Mallett and Saper, L.L.P.
Bruce Maloy - Maloy, Jenkins & Parker
David Oscar Markus -Markus & Markus, PLLC
J. Cheney Mason - J. Cheney Mason, P.A.
Jon May -May & Cohen,P.A.
Michael D.Monico - Monico, Pavich & Spevack
Jane W. Moscowitz -Moscowitz & Moscowitz, P.A.
Kevin J. Napper - Carlton Fields
Susan R. Necheles - Hafetz Necheles & Rocco
William Nortman - Akerman Senterfit
Cynthia Eva Orr - Goldstein,Goldstein & Hilley
J. Edward Page - Carlton Fields
Michael S. Pasano -Carlton Fields
Marjorie J. Peerce - Stillman & Friedman, P.C.
Patricia A. Pileggi -Schiff Hardin, LLP
Barry J. Pollack - Miller & Chevalier
Wes Reber Porter -Golden Gate University School of Law
Mark P. Rankin -Shutts and Bowen, LLP
Rochelle A. Reback -Reback Law, PL
Shana-Tara Regon -Director, White Collar Crime Project, NACDL
Charles H. Rose, III -Stetson University College of Law
Kerri L. Ruttenberg -Jones Day
Brian Sanvidge - Holtz Rubenstein Reminick LLP
Melinda Sarafa -Sarafa Law, LLC
Adam P. Schwartz -Carlton Fields
William N. Shepherd -Holland & Knight, LLP
Gail Shifman -Shifman Group
Neal R. Sonnett -Law Offices of Neal R. Sonnett, P.A.
Edward Suarez - The Law Offices of Ed Suarez, P.A.
Brian L. Tannebaum -Tannebaum Weiss, LLP
Larry D. Thompson - EVP Govt. Affairs, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary PepsiCo, Inc.
Gary R. Trombley -Trombley & Hanes
Lisa M. Wayne -Law Office of Lisa M. Wayne
Morris Weinberg, Jr. -Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP
Jeffrey Weiner -Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A.
Adrienne Urrutia Wisenberg -Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Solomon L. Wisenberg - Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson is a “boot-camp” program for practitioners wishing to gain key advocacy skills and learn substantive white collar law. The program will cover client retention, investigation in a white collar case, handling searches and grand jury subpoenas, and dealing with parallel proceedings. Participants will have the experience of negotiating a plea, making proffers, and examining which experts to hire and how to protect the client in this process. Interactive sessions with top white collar practitioners will allow the participants to learn trial skills such as opening statements, cross-examination, jury instructions, closing arguments, and sentencing – all in the context of a white collar matter.
Stetson University College of Law
1401 61st St. S.
Gulfport, FL 33707
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
3400 Gulf Boulevard St.
Pete Beach, FL 33706
For more information here.