Are You Under a Criminal Investigation as a Government Contractor? 

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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. Our federal contract lawyers and consultants 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

Need Help Minimizing the Blow of Criminal Liability in Federal Government Procurement?

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.

Affordable Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Services

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
  • Overbilling
  • Product substitution
  • Bribery
  • 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
  • Anti-Kickbacks
  • 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

John Scorsine Government Procurement Fraud FCPA Criminal Defense AttorneyCall 1-866-601-5518 for a FREE consultation and to speak with confidence to our lead federal criminal defense attorney John Scorsine. John is also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court

Types of Federal Criminal Cases Pursued by the Federal Government  


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, HUBzone Fraud, and SDVOSB Program 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.  When companies are facing allegations of fraud under the VA’s SDVOSB program or SBA 8(a) fraud, we can help. 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.

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 firm at Watson & Associates represents 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.

Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Defending Clients in All States.


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.

At Watson & Associates, LLC , we offer affordable criminal defense attorneys that can help individuals and corporations charge with federal crimes. As federal criminal defense lawyers, we provide high-level legal defense services for cases involving federal contracts, corruption, anti-kickback statute, False Claims Act violations and other related crimes.

  • Healthcare
  • IT companies
  • Construction
  • Military defense
  • Service contractors
  • Truth in negotiations

Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys Helping From the Investigation Stage Through Litigation.

If You are a Federal Government Contractor, Our Federal Criminal Lawyers Can Provide Immediate Help.

When you are targeted for a federal investigation, indictment or facing criminal charges for government contract law fraud, bribery, false claims or some other federal procurement crime, you do not want to have a traditional criminal defense attorney to take a crash course in federal contract law and the process. Instead, corporate executives want a national or DC federal criminal defense attorney that understands both the criminal procedural rules and the relevant procurement laws.

  • At Watson & Associates, LLC, we can walk in both shoes.
  • We put together a team of legal professionals that assess virtually all aspects of the government’s case.
  • We advise on the strengths and weaknesses and discuss potential strategies to accomplish a realistic result.

As a government contractor or individual charged with federal criminal charges involving government contract fraud, you want to make sure that you have a federal criminal attorney that understands the various nuances that federal prosecutors target to bring criminal charges against you.  At Watson & Associates, our federal criminal defense lawyers can provide legal advice and representation about each charged federal offense.

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Read About the CEO’s Decision to Respond To Federal Government Investigations


Federal criminal investigations and prosecutions are approached very differently than the same criminal cases in many state courts. Not only are federal criminal prosecutors better funded and equipped to bring criminal charges, they also bet on most criminal defendants running out of funds for legal fees and therefore making a plea deal.

Federal criminal cases bring about much tougher criminal penalties. This is especially true for drug trafficking defense cases and conspiracy defense jury trial cases. When you retain the federal defense lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC well will lay out the moving pieces and help you to make better and more educated decisions.

Call Our Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Today


To find a criminal defense attorney that understands the federal system and procurement laws, please contact the best federal criminal defense attorneys and lawyers that can help. When it comes to fighting against the federal legal system, time is of the essence. Schedule a Free Consultation Now or Call 1-866-601-5518. Free Initial Consultation.