The Fraud Section, comprising over 160 federal prosecutors, investigates and prosecutes complex, multi-district and international white-collar criminal cases throughout the country and implements and coordinates the Department's fraud enforcement policy. Fraud Section cases include health care fraud at both the individual and corporate level, securities and investment fraud; procurement and government program fraud; and foreign bribery (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act).
The Health Care Faud Unit (HCF) is comprised of 55 prosecutors whose core mission is to prosecute health care fraud-related cases involving: (1) patient harm; and/or (2) large financial loss to the public fisc. The HCF Unit has a recognized and successful Strike Force Model for effectively and efficiently prosecuting health care fraud-related cases across the United States.
The Strike Forces are modeled on a cross-agency collaborative approach, bringing together the investigative and analytical resources of the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Program Integrity (CPI), and other agencies (e.g., DEA, IRS, DCIS), along with the prosecutorial resources of U.S. Attorney’s Offices and state and local law enforcement partners.
Because the HCF Unit’s attorneys work full-time on HCF cases, we have become experts in prosecuting HCF-related offenses and are well-equipped to pursue significant cases involving medical professionals; wide-ranging, complicated fraud schemes; and the illegal distribution of opioids.
The HCF Unit currently works in the following Strike Force locations, in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices:
- Florida (Miami, Tampa, Orlando)
- Texas (Houston, Dallas, McAllen)
- Los Angeles
- Southern Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge)
- Washington, DC (Corporate Strike Force)
- Newark and Philadelphia
- Appalachian Region (Cincinnati, Fort Mitchell KY, and Nashville).
This announcement is for positions based in Houston, TX or Washington, D.C. However, applicants may also be considered and selected for Health Care Fraud’s other strike forces as vacancies arise.
The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking qualified, experienced attorneys for term positions in the Fraud Section's Health Care Fraud (HCF) Unit's Strike Force. The incumbent will serve as a Trial Attorney in the HCF Unit and, as such, will independently direct, conduct, and monitor investigations, prepare for and conduct trials, and advise on pleadings and other court filings. Upon accepting an offer of employment, applicants must make a three-year commitment to the Fraud Section.
Generally, as a Trial Attorney in the HCF Unit, the incumbent:
- Handles the development and management of HCF prosecutions. Engages in all phases of investigation and litigation, including, but not limited to, the use of grand jury, advising federal law enforcement agents, preparing appropriate pleadings, and litigating motions and trials before U.S. District Courts across the country;
- Makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases; and
- In collaboration with unit managers, develops and maintains the Section's program to foster effective national investigation and prosecution of HCF violations, including advising on strategy and legal complexities, and developing litigation priorities, policy and legislative recommendations.
Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
- To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs, and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation.
- To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff
• Experience as a criminal prosecutor.
• Knowledge of white collar criminal litigation.
• Experience in supporting, litigating, and supervising federal or state criminal cases.
• Experience in U.S. District Court or state court.
• Experience with the federal judiciary.
• Experience with healthcare fraud, either civil or criminal.
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