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Major Fraud

Handcuffed manJohn Pearson
Deputy Chief

AUSAs of the White Collar Enforcement section bring a tremendous wealth of talent to the investigation and prosecution of fraud. Prosecutors are assigned early in an investigation, often working with multiple agencies that pool investigative resources, to work with the special agents, maintaining responsibility for the cases from their inception through the completion of trial.

Corporate Fraud Task Force AUSAs are committed to the investigation and prosecution of corporate entities and executives who intentionally mislead the investing public by engaging in deceptive accounting, insider trading and falsification of corporate financial information. Prosecutors work closely with the Securities & Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to ensure the integrity of the marketplace by prosecuting individuals and entities engaged in Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent investment practices.

AUSAs assigned to the Major Fraud section handle only the most serious fraud cases that present a significant federal interest. Working tirelessly to protect the interests of the U.S. and the citizens of the district, major fraud prosecutors target identity thieves, telemarketers, tax evaders and persons engaged in insurance fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, mortgage fraud and fraud committed against federal agencies.

Health Care Fraud section AUSAs work closely with agents from the FBI, DHHS, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Task Force to ensure the integrity of the programs that provide health care for the nation’s poor, disabled and elderly. The aggressive pursuit of doctors and other health care professionals, home health care services, ambulance companies, medical equipment suppliers and physical therapy clinics that fraudulently bill Medicare or Medicaid millions of dollars for services that were never rendered are a primary focus of this section. Recent prosecutions have resulted in significant prison time for Dr. Arun Sharma and Dr. Kiran Sharma who ran pain management clinics and falsely billed Medicare and Medicaid for more than $60 million. Working closely with AUSAs from the Asset Forfeiture Section and the Civil Division, prosecutors were able to restrain and subsequently recover over $40 million from the defendants. Other prosecutions involve doctors and dentists accepting kickbacks, owners of durable medical equipment companies falsely billing Medicare for motorized wheelchairs that were unnecessarily prescribed and ambulance companies fraudulently billing for medically unnecessary transportation.

Updated March 8, 2016