Persons who take more than a passing interest in criminal law matters — as we know our readers in Alameda County and across California do — are certainly aware that law enforcers now deem white collar crime to be a focal point of highest concern.
We stressed that in a recent blog post, noting in our June 9 entry that “white collar probes have been on the front burner for state and federal agents and task forces over the past several years.” We additionally stated therein that heightened regulatory and enforcement scrutiny, coupled with related probes aimed at convictions and harsh penalties in this singular area of law, “will likely continue unabated” in the future.
It didn’t take long in the wake of that post for those expressed views to be borne out. A recent media report terming federal enforcers’ efforts to prosecute health care fraud as a “national priority” points to a recently concluded probe into alleged fraudulent Medicare billings that was reportedly the “largest-ever enforcement action” undertaken by the U.S. Department of Justice.
And now there’s this: Following actions taken by officials in other cities, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago recently announced its creation of a new office that will be staffed by prosecutors focused solely on white collar criminal probes and prosecutions.
As the above-cited media article notes, many criminal defense practices across the country have taken notice of that beefed-up expansion and similar initiatives across the country.
It’s “putting folks on notice that it [white collar crime] is a big deal,” says one commentator.
At the Dublin Law Offices of John W. Noonan, we have long known that to be true, and stand ready to provide on-point and aggressive legal representation to any individual who is a criminal suspect in a health care fraud-related investigation.