Tony clerked on the Eastern District of Virginia’s “Rocket Docket” for the Honorable Anthony J. Trenga.
White Collar Defense and Investigations
Clients rely on Tony’s meticulous, aggressive defense strategies when facing criminal charges, government investigations and civil enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other federal law enforcement agencies, as well as state authorities. He has represented foreign and domestic corporate clients and individuals in litigation and investigations involving:
- The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Health care fraud, the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law
- The False Claims Act
- Drug diversion
- Honest services fraud, commercial bribery and money laundering
- Insider trading, securities fraud, high-yield investment program fraud, and accounting issues
- Insurance fraud
- Procurement fraud
- Criminal tax and foreign bank account reporting (FBAR) issues
- Data security, privacy and identity theft
He also oversees domestic and international internal investigations, helps clients enhance and develop their corporate compliance programs, and assists corporate and individual clients who are the victims of crimes and fraudulent schemes with navigating the criminal and civil justice systems.
Before joining the firm, Tony was a federal prosecutor with the Criminal Fraud Section of the DOJ, where he worked with the Corporate Strike Force and the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. He prosecuted hospital operators, home health care agency owners, doctors, and other health care industry executives and medical professionals throughout the United States. Significantly, he prosecuted a groundbreaking case against a publicly traded hospital operator, which resulted in a civil and criminal monetary resolution of more than $500 million and the entry of guilty pleas by two hospital subsidiaries. He also prosecuted public corruption matters and annually trained prosecutors from around the country on health care fraud.
As a federal prosecutor, Tony:
- Prosecuted a publicly traded hospital operator for violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and defrauding the United States, resulting in a $513 million monetary resolution, guilty pleas by two hospital subsidiaries, and a three-year nonprosecution agreement (including a criminal monitor) binding the company and its operating subsidiaries.
- Charged a former hospital CEO for offenses including mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud and major fraud against the United States.
- Prosecuted a $56 million home health care fraud scheme, resulting in conviction of 13 defendants, including home health care agency owners, administrators, doctors, patient recruiters and a registered nurse. Nine defendants pleaded guilty. Four defendants — two doctors, an administrator and registered nurse — were convicted at trial.
- Prosecuted a $34 million home health care fraud scheme, resulting in conviction of a doctor and a home health care agency owner at trial.
- Supervised investigations of acute care and psychiatric hospitals and their executives, home health care agency owners, group home operators, doctors, and patient recruiters.
- Prosecuted former DEA agents for offenses involving narcotics distribution, robbery, firearms, obstruction of justice, perjury, falsifying records and conversion.
- University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Lecturer in Law: Federal Prosecution in Practice (Spring 2020)