Assistant Attorney General

Details

Section:
Criminal Justice
Position Number:
9895
Salary Range:
$7,100.00 - $9,000.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Monday, August 1, 2022, 11:59 pm
FLSA:
Exempt
Work Unit:
Medicaid Fraud
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Employment Type:
Full-Time
Position Type:
Non-Classified

The Colorado Department of Law, Criminal Justice section is seeking an Assistant Attorney General to join the Medicaid Fraud Unit. The Office of the Attorney General offers the opportunity to be involved in challenging, interesting, and meaningful work in a collaborative environment committed to effective and innovative law enforcement. The Medicaid Fraud Unit investigates cases that directly impact the lives of Coloradans. The Unit also ensures that Coloradans have access to the highest quality of care from dedicated providers while continuing to take an aggressive approach to reducing Medicaid fraud and patient abuse across the state.

WHO WE ARE
The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is the “People’s Lawyer.” The Attorney General, Phil Weiser, was elected by the people of Colorado and is the State’s chief lawyer and law enforcement official. Our vision for the Department of Law is: “Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all.” Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, drive our actions and demonstrate our focus on being principled public servants who are innovative and better together.

Visit our website to learn more: https://coag.gov/.

WHAT WILL YOU DO

Housed in the Criminal Justice Section of the Department of Law, the Colorado Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (COMFCU) maintains a strong commitment to ensuring that Coloradans have access to the highest quality of care from dedicated providers while continuing to take an aggressive approach to reducing Medicaid fraud and patient abuse across the state.

The dual missions of the COMFCU are:

  •  To protect the state and federal funds dedicated to providing health care and medical services to Colorado Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • To hold individuals accountable for the abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of clients in board and care facilities as well as those in facilities that accept Medicaid dollars.

Our newest attorney will work with a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate and develop investigations from inception to their ultimate criminal or civil disposition.  This work includes the analysis of complex factual and legal issues, the development of evidence through witness interviews, depositions and other discovery and the preparation of briefs, pleadings, motions and other legal documents.  The attorney will also develop and present programs for law enforcement, first responders, advocates, and the management and employees of care facilities regarding the prevention, recognition and investigation of both Medicaid Fraud, as well as patient abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Based upon information gathered during the course of investigations, the attorney will be required to research federal and state laws and regulations governing both the general provision of health care as well as the specific governance of the administration of the Colorado Medicaid program and will be called upon to suggest revisions to the same based upon gaps and deficiencies that may be discovered during their case work.

The attorney will be required to travel throughout Colorado, for investigations, hearings trials and to conduct training and public outreach.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining communication with victims and other stakeholders to keep them apprised of the status of COMFCU investigations and cases as well as preparing them for testimony;
  • Assist in the preparation of cases for court;
  • Review of affidavits for both arrest and search warrants;
  • Reviewing medical records both independently and with the assistance of medical
  • personnel to discover individual events or patterns of neglect and abuse, or falsified records;
  • Assist in the execution of COMFCU search warrants and the seizure of evidence as needed, even outside of normal duty hours;
  • Assist in the development of investigative techniques and case strategies to be utilized based upon the nature of the investigation;
  • Appear in court for hearings and trials both in Colorado and nationwide;
  • Participate in public education and recommend needed legislation and revision of regulations;
  • Maintain a felony caseload, including making appropriate plea offers, litigating motions and preparing cases for trial;
  • Responsible for the initial evaluation and filing of cases and all tasks required on those cases until their ultimate resolution, including:
    • Communications and negotiations with opposing counsel
    • Drafting, filing and arguing pleadings and responses to the same in court
    • Conducting follow-up with outside agencies
  • Meeting with victims and witnesses to keep them apprised of the case status and to prepare them for providing testimony

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar. Candidates for this position should have outstanding legal judgment, excellent writing skills, and be able to effectively and professionally research, prepare, analyze, and understand complex information and legal issues. Further, this attorney will have the opportunity to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team, therefore experience in a collaborative environment is preferred. In addition, ideal candidates will have experience in criminal prosecution or civil litigation. litigation.

Given the nature of the work, we would love to see candidates with at least some experience in the following:

  • Awareness and familiarity with prosecutorial ethics guidelines
  • Health care law, rules, and policies
  • Medicaid or Medicare regulations and statutes
  • Investigation and prosecution of document intensive white-collar crimes and ability to conduct discovery in document intensive litigation
  • Prior first chair felony trial experience
  • Elder or patient abuse issues
  • Conducting public outreach
  • Working with individuals that have developmental or intellectual disabilities

Conditions of Employment: 

  • The final candidates for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.
  • This position will be required to travel frequently and may include overnight travel within the State of Colorado.
  • Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire,
    new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination.Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

 

To view the full job announcement and information on how to apply, please view the State of Colorado jobs page.