Organization

Washington Attorney General's Office
Washington

Posted Date

December 23, 2020

Division

Medicaid Fraud Control Division

Contact Information

Larissa Payne
360-586-8880

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Division (MFC) seeks PROSECUTOR/LITIGATORS to serve as an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) to investigate, prosecute and litigate Medicaid provider fraud as well as abuse and neglect in residential facilities using a full array of civil and criminal remedies. There are two positions available: one in the AGO’s downtown Seattle office and the other in Olympia.

The work of the MFC focuses on both civil and criminal law enforcement. The federally funded and mandated MFC’s mission is deterring provider fraud as well as abuse and neglect in residential facilities.  MFC is unique in that it involves protecting not only the Medicaid program of roughly 13 billion dollars per annum, but also its most vulnerable persons, typically elderly nursing home patients.  MFC cases are consistently on the cutting edge of legal theories and issues, and the cases range from single provider home health fraud, abuse and neglect of persons in nursing homes, large scale organized individual and corporate fraudulent activity to national whistleblower actions.

Responsibilities

These AAG positions are part of the MFC Criminal Team, which brings criminal charges against companies, organizations, and individuals who defraud the State Medicaid fund as well as those who abuse and neglect vulnerable adults who reside in residential facilities. These are typically months if not years long highly complex white-collar fraud investigations and challenging abuse and neglect investigations, as most if not all of our victims cannot speak for themselves. AAGs and their teams have the ability to build these investigations from the ground up. All AAGs in MFC must manage a robust caseload, including directing investigations, assessing evidence, and resolving cases through litigation or negotiation. Attorneys must work with a sense of urgency and take the initiative to keep their cases moving toward resolution. 

These positions also have the opportunity to collaborate with the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units through working on national cases, specialized training and an unparalleled investigative and litigation support network. MFC AAGs routinely bring cases in state court and investigate the same with our federal counterparts in particular, HHS OIG, FBI, Customs, as well as local law enforcement and state administrative agencies.

Our staff is a highly professional, fun and seasoned analytical investigative team.  MFC is unique in that all cases are typically assigned an attorney, investigator and data analyst from the start. This, and the great people who make up the unit, gives MFC a particularly terrific team atmosphere. The Seattle MFC office hosts a small, close-knit team which works in close coordination with staff and leadership in the MFC Headquarters in Olympia, as well as the MFC’s other office in Spokane. The Division currently has a staff of 58 FTEs, including attorneys, auditors, investigators, and professional support staff.  

If you enjoy working in a team setting, complex puzzle solving and being on the cutting edge of law, this is the place for you.

Qualifications

The selected candidates for these positions must have:

  • Trial and litigation experience;
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills;
  • Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent writing and work ethic; and
  • The ability to foster a collegial work environment.

In addition, the selected candidates for these positions preferably will have:

  • At least seven years’ experience in criminal prosecution, preferably with some experience in white collar/fraud prosecution; and
  • Experience with financial crimes and/or abuse cases.

Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA’s Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant’s background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.

Application Process

These AAG positions are represented by the Association of Washington Assistant Attorneys General (AWAAG) /Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) AFSCME Council 28, AFL-CIO. AAG salaries start at $69,396. Ultimately, AAG salaries are set in accordance with the AWAAG CBA. As noted earlier, this posting will fill a position in Seattle and a position in Olympia. The position located in Seattle is eligible for 5% King County Assignment Pay per legislative action. A competitive state benefits package is also offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, and life and basic long-term disability insurance. In addition, there are non-financial benefits that include working in a collaborative and supportive work environment where professional development and work-life balance are highly valued. The health, safety and professional satisfaction of all AGO staff and volunteers is critical to fulfilling the mission of the AGO to provide exceptional legal services. Complementing and fostering this goal, as well as along-standing commitment to environmental stewardship, is evidenced in the AGO’s environmental policies.  

In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system, preferably as PDFs:

  • A letter of interest;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
  • Writing sample.

About the Organization

If you have questions about these positions and/or wish to learn more about them before applying, we encourage and welcome you to contact MFC Director Larissa Payne at 360-586-8880 or MFC Criminal Section Chief Melody Crick Peters at 360-956-7934.  The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021.