Assistant Attorney General
Office of Special Prosecutions, Medicaid Fraud Unit – Full-Time; Anchorage
The Department of Law, Office of Special Prosecutions, is recruiting for an Assistant Attorney General to serve in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). 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; and 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.
Other 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 ideal candidate will possess several years of experience working as a criminal prosecutor, a civil litigator or both, be highly self-motivated, creative in thinking about litigation, and be willing to aggressively charge health care fraud cases. Candidates should demonstrate familiarity with document intensive civil and / or criminal investigations and complex litigation generally.
Individuals requesting more information may contact MFCU Director James Fayette at (907) 269-6279 or by email at James.Fayette@alaska.gov.
Salary & Benefits
Salary is determined by the legal background and experience of the selected candidate with a starting range between approximately $70,000 - $96,000. Promotions are provided as certain experience levels are reached. Regular salary increases are provided every 1-2 years. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided including, life, health, dental and vision insurance; a generous Supplemental Benefits System (SBS) in which the state provides a 6.13% match of your gross pay (this system takes the place of Social Security); a retirement account (PERS) in which the state matches pre-tax contributions of up to 5% of gross eligible salary; options for deferred compensation; 21 days of personal leave for new employees that increases over time; and assistance with moving expenses.
Anchorage 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, a 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!
Candidates who are interested in applying for a position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Please also include a professional writing sample relevant to the position, not to exceed 10 pages. A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying.
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 Criminal Division Central Office 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.