Attorney General Announces Creation of DOJ Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit

On August 2, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, a Department of Justice pilot program designed to combat the opioid-addiction epidemic ravaging parts of the country. This initiative will fund a new healthcare data analytics program and several new federal prosecutors dedicated to the prosecution of healthcare fraud.

Per the Department of Justice announcement, the new program consists of two parts. First, the DOJ will be […]

By |August 7th, 2017|

White Collar Roundup – August 2017

The D.C. Circuit vacated the conviction of a family of tax preparers in United States v. Davis. Sherri Davis owned a tax-preparation business that the Internal Revenue Service determined was filing returns with false charitable and business deductions. The government prosecuted Davis and her son, Andre Davis, for involvement in the scheme. At trial, Sherri’s niece testified about the scheme. Both Sherri and Andre were convicted at trial and appealed, claiming that the government engaged […]

By |August 4th, 2017|

Escobar Case Limits False Claims Act Liability For Providers

Health care providers, as government contractors, must make certain representations of fact when submitting claims for government program reimbursement, such as Medicare. Sometimes through no fault of the contractor, such representations may not be wholly accurate, giving rise to theoretical liability under the False Claims Act. The interests of such health care providers are impacted by the Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 […]

By |August 2nd, 2017|