Learning that you are under government investigation or charged with a federal crime is no easy matter to handle. However, the reality is that you have to immediately start protecting your legal rights. When the government charges you with a federal crime, they have already spent thousands of dollars in taxpayer dollars to get to this point. Federal attorneys certainly have more resources than you do.
Regardless of the pain and anger, you must get the proper defense team in place. Hiring a federal criminal lawyer is a task in itself. You have to start with someone that understands the process and that can quickly assess the strengths and weaknesses in your case.
- Immediate help from defense lawyers that only handle federal criminal cases
- Legal defense from the investigation stage through trial
- We focus on helping you to avoid jail time. We can build a defense team of former federal prosecutors.
- Get legal advice and guidance so that you can make informed decisions from beginning to end
When the contracting officer or other government official has reason to believe that you or your company has violated procurement laws and their respective regulations, he or she must turn the matter over to criminal authorities for further action. Criminal questions may arise between prime and subcontractors, large businesses and small businesses involved in the SBA small business programs.
- Realize the government investigations or indictments will almost always lead to suspension and debarment proceedings.
- If you are approached by federal law enforcement, do not give statements unless you call our federal criminal defense lawyers first.
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Given the various issues that arise in criminal cases, our federal criminal defense lawyers are prepared to represent and defend clients in a variety of cases involving:
- Price fixing
- Product substitution
- Wire Fraud and mail fraud
- Conspiracy to commit fraud
- Cross charging
- Selling defective parts
- Bid rigging
- Defective pricing
- Cost mischarging
- Misuse of federal grant money
- International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR violations)
- Buy American Act
- False Claims Act
- Inflating the cost of parts and labor
- Fraudulent invoices
- Collusion between bidders
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Types Federal Criminal Cases Pursued by Federal Government
Pharmacy Operations and Medicare: The owner of a Miami, Florida-area pharmacy who caused Medicare to pay more than $8.4 million over a six-year period for prescription drugs that were never provided to beneficiaries was sentenced to 87 months in prison.
Medicare Fraud Schemes: Miami, Florida-area woman was sentenced to 78 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for her role in a $4.65 million health care fraud scheme involving three home health agencies that purported to provide home health services to Medicare patients.
False Billing and Kickbacks
Health Management Associates, LLC (HMA), formerly a U.S. hospital chain headquartered in Naples, Florida, will pay over $260 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to defraud the United States. The government alleged that HMA knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services, paid remuneration to physicians in return for patient referrals, and submitted inflated claims for emergency department facility fees.
Small Business & SBA Fraud
The Department of Justice and the FBI are targeting more and more small businesses, and large businesses associated with small government contractors, for committing fraud against the federal government. Along with the basic charges such as criminal false claims violations, the federal attorneys also attached claims such as wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud against the government. These are areas where the best federal criminal defense attorneys at Watson can help.
- SBA affiliation rules
- Limitations on subcontracting laws
- What constitutes control when it comes to small business certifications
- Requirements for the SBA 8(a) BD Program, HUBZone requirements and SDVOSB small business laws.
Conspiracy to Commit Fraud Against the Government
According to the Department of Justice, the general conspiracy statute, 18 USC 371, creates a criminal federal offense “[i]f two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States or to defraud the United States or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose. The operative language to focus on is the so-called “defraud clause,” that prohibits conspiracies to defraud the United States. This clause creates a separate offense from the “offense clause” in Section 371. In addition to conspiracy to commit fraud against the government, Both offenses require the traditional elements of Section 371 conspiracy, including an illegal agreement, criminal intent, and proof of an overt act.
Assert the Proper Legal Defenses
Know What Your Legal Defenses Are Up Front or the Government Wins
Many federal criminal defendants maintain their innocence. However, when charged with a federal crime, many defendants may not properly assert their legal defenses when the prosecution files its case. This can be a serious problem because without properly asserting your legal defense in your answer, you may very well waive them forever. This will put your case at serious risk strategically. The government attorneys know this and will take advantage of the situation when trying to make a deal.
- Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your defense up front is important
- As a potential criminal defendant, you don’t want to get caught playing from behind. It only gets worse from there.
Are You Charged With Federal Procurement Fraud But Have an Attorney That Does Not Quite Understand the Ins and Outs of the Various Federal Procurement Programs?
This is yet another problem that criminal defendants fall prey to. Typically, the government attorneys may charge you for violating one of the various SBA small business programs. For example, the allegation may claim that your participating in the procurement scheme deemed you in control of the certified small business in question. Yet, a criminal defense attorney that may not quite understand the various small business programs would not be able to properly assert a defense to strengthen your case. This could be a problem. Your lawyer should understand the legal nuances of small business programs in order to effectively defend you.
Procurement fraud cases, especially those that allege fraudulent pass-through contract schemes on its face may seem meritorious. However, a traditional criminal defense attorney that is not quite experienced with the limitations on subcontracting or what is considered a similarly situated small business would not be able to assert the proper legal defense to help your case.
The federal criminal defense lawyers at Watson & Associates law firm represent clients that are government contractors, individuals and small businesses alleged to have violated federal procurement laws or are facing potential jail time of huge criminal or civil fines.
Our defense attorneys represent health care companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals, accounting firms, aerospace, military and defense firms, information technology and IT firms, in all stages including government investigations, federal subpoena responses, pre-indictment and post-indictment and trial proceeds.
When it comes to alleged criminal violations of federal small business programs, we have represented executives and companies in such areas as conspiracy to defraud the government, wire fraud false claims violations and other associated criminal cases.
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The federal criminal defense process begins with knowing how the legal system works and using it to your advantage. Lead federal defense lawyer, John Scorsine, as of Counsel to Watson & Associates, LLC has been providing legal representation to high-level defendants for over three decades.
If you are involved in a federal criminal investigation or facing a criminal trial, Watson’s federal criminal lawyers can help. As former attorneys for the federal government, we understand the case from both sides.