Habib Ilahi Speaks on Likely Increase in Health Fraud Enforcement Actions in a Biden Administration in Bloomberg Law

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Partner and former Department of Justice (DOJ) federal prosecutor Habib Ilahi recently spoke with Bloomberg Law about the Biden administration's nomination to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Xavier Becerra, California's current attorney general, is known to be an aggressive litigator and is expected to boost health fraud enforcement efforts by working more closely with the DOJ.

“Having someone in charge of HHS that was formerly an AG and enforcement person, I think we’re likely to see an uptick because of it," Habib said in the article.

He went on to discuss what this could mean for claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the DOJ has already begun prosecuting those who have misused relief aid. With the possibility of Becerra leading the HHS, it is likely they will also push for greater enforcement. “DOJ’s client is HHS and if you have the client pushing to be more aggressive, DOJ will respond,” Habib said.

Habib is a trusted partner on health care and business litigation matters, counseling business entities and individuals in highly regulated industries through complex health care, procurement and other government enforcement investigations and litigation, as well as through general white collar criminal and civil defense matters.

As a former federal prosecutor with the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, he worked exclusively on matters involving the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law. Habib has experience advising and representing pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, hospital systems, national nursing home and long term care facility chains, large and small businesses, and a variety of other types of health care providers in high-stakes investigations and litigation involving Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and other health care programs.

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