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Assistant Attorney General

Office of Special Prosecutions, Medicaid Fraud Unit - Full-Time; Anchorage Office

Position Description

The Department of Law, Office of Special Prosecutions, is recruiting for a full time permanent Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) to act as the unit’s director. This position is located in Anchorage, Alaska.

The MFCU is a federally mandated and funded investigative and prosecutorial unit consisting of three attorneys, six criminal investigators with partial commissions, a forensic accountant, a paralegal, and a law office assistant.  The mission of the unit is to investigate and criminally or civilly prosecute fraud by health care providers, health care facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacies and other providers that illegally divert Medicaid funds, and abuse or neglect residents in Medicaid funded facilities.  Attorneys are responsible for supervising health care fraud investigations, criminal, civil and administrative litigation, providing advice to partner agencies, drafting legislation, and regulations.  Health care fraud cases involve complex white collar crime and may be prosecuted through either criminal prosecution or civil litigation.  This is a unique opportunity for a talented and experienced attorney to handle high profile multi-million dollar cases involving health care issues on the national level.

Duties

Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to: the participation as a member of a multidisciplinary team to review and investigate allegations of Medicaid fraud for purposes of criminal prosecution and/or compliance with Alaska’s Medicaid False Claims Act; filing criminal charges and/or civil False Medicaid Claims Actions against providers; contributing to multi-state investigations and litigation of qui tam cases against national providers; and collaborating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate and litigate criminal and civil Medicaid fraud cases. 

The Unit is currently seeking a qualified attorney to act as the unit’s Director.  As the Director, the successful applicant will be responsible for directly supervising the unit’s two junior assistant attorney generals, forensic accountant, chief investigator and paralegal positions.  The Director will also work closely with many other state and federal agencies such as the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the federal Office of Inspector General.  This position crafts the overall mission, focus and strategy of the Unit and regularly collaborates with the Attorney General’s Office to develop overall policy.  

Location

Anchorage, Alaska is the largest city in Alaska and has a general population of 300,000 year-round residents.  It is a very diverse community with excellent schools; numerous cultural institutions such as a symphony, performing arts theater and an art museum; a local international airport; great local restaurants; and all the shopping conveniences and other comforts of a modern mid-sized U.S. city.  As the northern most city of the Pacific Northwest, Anchorage shares a robust enthusiasm for locally brewed coffee and beer like its sister cities further south.  Anchorage is ideally situated between the Chugach Mountain Range and the Cook Inlet, providing the city with truly remarkable scenery and endless outdoor recreational opportunities.  The peak of Denali in the Alaska Range, the highest peak in North America, is visible from the city on clear days, as are several other picturesque peaks from a variety of ranges. 

Anchorage has numerous parks and vast greenspace within the city.  In the summer, residents enjoy world-class mountain trails for running and hiking; excellent salmon, trout and halibut fishing opportunities; mountain biking options for all skill levels; a variety of rafting possibilities; scenic whale and glacier viewing tours; excellent wildlife viewing and birding options; and exceptional back-country and established campground camping options.  There are numerous public use cabins accessible to Alaska residents to use in both summer and winter.  In the winter, residents enjoy cross country skiing as well as world-class downhill skiing at the Alyeska Resort one hour south of Anchorage in Girdwood, Alaska.  Other popular winter activities include fat-tire biking on hundreds of miles of groomed trails, snowshoeing, back-country skiing and snowboarding, ice fishing and enjoying the ceremonial start of the Last Great Race on Earth, the Iditarod! 

Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of 7 years of experience working as a criminal prosecutor, a civil litigator or both, be highly self-motivated, creative in thinking about litigation, willing to aggressively charge health care fraud cases, and able to motivate and manage criminal investigators. Prior experience supervising attorneys and other staff members is necessary.  Prior experience working directly with criminal investigators during the investigative process and advising them concerning legal implications involved in the investigative process is highly desired.  Candidates should demonstrate familiarity with document intensive civil and / or criminal investigations and complex litigation generally.

Application Instructions

We are requesting that candidates apply formally for this position by submitting a cover letter and a resume that includes a complete history of education, professional work experience and three professional employment references.  Please also include a professional writing sample relevant to position not to exceed 10 pages.  Applications for this position will be accepted through April 22, 2018.

Preferably, applications may be submitted electronically to:
CriminalLawRecruit@alaska.gov

or via hard copy to:
Department of Law
Criminal Division Central Office
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Applicants needing accommodation to apply may contact the Department of Law at (907) 465-3600 or Relay Alaska at (800) 770-8973.

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed. A preference will be given to applicants with the ability to fluently speak another language that is commonly used in the geographic locations related to this position.