ATTORNEY GENERAL HONORS MEDICARE STRIKE FORCE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE’S ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 28) Today in Washington, D.C., the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service was also awarded to employees from the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, Deputy Chief Kirk Ogrosky; Trial Attorneys John S. Darden and Harold “Hank” B. Walther; and Senior Program Analyst Steven G. Shandy; from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Katz; former Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew I. Menchel; and Nurse Investigator Edith M. Sposato; from the FBI Miami Division, Supervisory Special Agents Randall C. Culp and Timothy P. Donovan; Special Agents Susan E. Devereaux, Scott P. Neville, Shaun P. O’Neil and Brian Waterman; and from the Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bernardo Rodriguez; Special Agents Manuel Hernandez, Julie Rivera and Ariel Rodriguez.
The team received the award for their tireless efforts to fight and deter Medicare fraud. During a seven-month period from March through October of 2007, the team indicted 74 cases and 120 defendants. Their efforts contributed to a drop in Medicare Part B billing of $1.4 billion when compared to the prior year. The tireless work, innovation and initiative of these award recipients to fight Medicare fraud exemplify the Department’s commitment to fraud prevention.
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