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19 Whittier L. Rev. 51 (1997-1998)
Litigation Issues in Fraud and Abuse

handle is hein.journals/whitlr19 and id is 61 raw text is: LITIGATION ISSUES IN
FRAUD AND ABUSE*
CHARLES PEREYRA-SUAREZ**
BRIAN J. HENNIGAN***
SPURGEON SMITHt
RONALD J. NESSIMtt
LORI PELLICIONIttt
MICHAEL J. TICHONtttt
I. INTRODUCTION
More than a year ago, Janet Reno held a press conference to an-
nounce that prosecution of health care fraud cases would be the number
one priority of the Department of Justice, after prosecution of violent
crimes.' In March of 1997, President Clinton proposed new legislation
to strengthen the government's efforts in attacking health care fraud,
both criminally and civilly.2
* This is the edited text of a speech presented at the Sixteenth Annual Whittier
Health Law Symposium on April 18, 1997.
** Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP in Los Angeles. J.D. Boalt Hall (1975);
Assistant U.S. Attorney 1979-82; Former attorney for the Department of Justice, Civil Rights
Division. Currently specializes in civil litigation and white collar criminal defense.
*** Partner at Irell & Manella. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles and
former Deputy Chief of the Government Fraud and Public Corruption Unit in the U.S.
Attorney's Office, Los Angeles. Attorney Hennigan primarily handles white collar defense
cases and has a great deal of experience handling health care fraud investigations and prose-
cutions.
t  Los Angeles County Municipal Court Judge. Previously Assistant U.S. Attorney in
Los Angeles for approximately 10 years. Attorney Smith headed the Health Care Fraud Task
Force in the Criminal Division.
f   Partner at Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert & Matz. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney in
Los Angeles. Mr. Nessim specializes in the defense of white collar cases and has written
and lectured prolifically in the area of health care fraud.
ttt  Assistant U.S. Attorney and Health Care Fraud Coordinator in the Civil Division of
the U.S. Attorney's Office.
tttt Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP in Los Angeles.
1. Pam Belluck, In Crackdown on Health Care Fraud, U.S. Focuses on Training Hos-
pitals and Clinics, N.Y. TIMES, Dec. 12, 1995, at A32.
2. Health Care Fraud Measures Proposed, Clinton Plan Aims to Provide Safeguards,

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