In a healthcare investigation, the federal government seeks to either (i) recoup money from overpayments under federal programs such as Medicare and Tricare, or (ii) prosecute individual healthcare providers and business owners under federal criminal statutes. Most healthcare investigations are led by federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the U.S. Postal Service, subject to the oversight and decision-making authority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Depending on the specific accusations, the Department of Defense (Tricare fraud), Department of Justice (Medicare fraud), the Department of Labor/U.S. Postal Service (DOL fraud), and the Department of Health and Human Services may all coordinate these federal investigations. In any case, it is crucial that you take the investigation seriously and hire a team of experienced attorneys who can help you avoid facing criminal charges.
Why You Do Not Want a “Healthcare Lawyer” for Your Compound Pharmacy Investigation
While many attorneys call themselves “healthcare lawyers,” the truth is that very few attorneys have ever directly negotiated with the government during an investigation or argued a healthcare fraud case in federal court. “Healthcare lawyers” can be enormously helpful for documenting and conceptualizing business models and satisfying regulatory and corporate compliance obligations, but they do not have the training and experience needed to address federal civil or criminal allegations.
If your compound pharmacy is being investigated for possible healthcare fraud or other healthcare law violations, you need a lawyer who: (i) is intimately familiar with the federal healthcare laws; (ii) has a proven track record in investigations involving the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and other federal agencies; and (iii) has the negotiation and trial skills needed to help you avoid facing charges, and, if necessary, to successfully defend you in court. This requires years of experience both inside the government and defending clients against audits, investigations, and criminal charges.
Choosing a Healthcare Fraud Defense Attorney for Your Compound Pharmacy Investigation
To make sure that you are hiring an experienced healthcare fraud defense attorney and not just another “healthcare lawyer,” you should ask the following questions when you sit down for your initial consultation:
- How many pharmacies have you represented so far?
- How many compound pharmacies have you represented so far?
- How many pharmacy investigations have you handled?
- How many of these pharmacy investigations ended in dismissals?
- How many of these compound pharmacy investigations ended in dismissals?
- How many Tricare investigations have you handled?
- How many of these Tricare investigations ended up being dismissed?
- How often do you work with OIG agents on healthcare cases?
- Do you work with FBI agents on a regular basis in healthcare cases?
- How many DEA investigations have you handled?
- How many of these DEA investigations ended in dismissals?
- How many DOL clients have you represented?
- How many of these DOL investigations resulted in a dismissal?
- How many Medicare fraud cases have you handled?
- How many Medicare investigations resulted in a dismissal?
- How often have you appeared before federal law enforcement agencies in healthcare fraud cases?
- How many federal jury trials have you tried in court?
- How many healthcare fraud cases did you try in court?
Our Experience in Compound Pharmacy Fraud Investigations
At The Criminal Defense Firm, our attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in civil and criminal healthcare fraud matters nationwide. Our attorneys have appeared before all healthcare-relevant government bodies, and we routinely represent individuals and companies before the following agencies:
- Department of Justice, headquarters in Washington D.C.
- Department of Health and Human Services, headquarters in Washington D.C.
- Office of Inspector General, headquarters in Washington D.C.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), headquarters in Washington D.C.
- Department of Justice, various cities across the United States
- Department of Defense, various cities across the United States
- Department of Labor, various cities across the United States
- FBI, various cities across the United States
- DEA, various cities across the United States
- IRS, various cities across the United States
- U.S. Secret Service, various cities across the United States
With respect to pharmacies and compound pharmacies in particular our experience includes representing the following types of clients in the following types of cases and investigations:
- Compound Pharmacies, Fraud Investigation
- Compound Pharmacies, False Claims Act
- Compound Pharmacies, DEA Audits
- Compound Pharmacies, Regulatory Compliance
- Business Executives, Compound Investigations
- Business Executives, Marketing Groups, Healthcare Fraud
- Business Executives, Marketing Groups, Anti-Kickback Issues
- Physicians, Anti-Kickback Investigations
- Physicians, Stark Law Violations
- Physicians, Civil and Criminal Healthcare Fraud
- Owners & Staff, Compound Pharmacies.
About Our Healthcare Fraud Defense Lawyers
Many of our lawyers served in critical positions within the Department of Justice for decades before joining our firm. Our attorney’s deep knowledge of the government’s protocols and insights into its perspectives have proven invaluable in helping our clients avoid criminal charges.
As a former Assistant United States Attorney, Lynette Byrd has years of experience working in law. She focuses her practice on criminal and civil litigation, Medicare and insurance audits, and general advice and counseling within the realm of the healthcare law. Clients of Attorney Byrd have great respect for her ability to merge her profound law understanding with her superb litigation skills.
Dr. Nick Oberheiden has successfully defended healthcare providers against kickback, prescription fraud, false claims, and fraud allegations before the OIG, DOD, DOJ, IRS, FBI, DEA, and other agencies.
Schedule Your Free, Confidential Case Evaluation Today
If you or your compound pharmacy is being audited or is subject to a federal investigation, it is important that you speak with an experienced healthcare fraud defense attorney right away. At The Criminal Defense Firm, we offer free, confidential case evaluations nationwide. To speak with one of our former federal prosecutors and healthcare fraud defense lawyers, call 866-603-4540 or contact us online now. Weekend appointments are available.
Dr. Nick Oberheiden is a national litigation and trial criminal defense attorney who practices exclusively in the area of federal law.