DOJ's Civil Fraud attorneys honored in annual awards

by Ben Vernia | October 16th, 2014

On October 15, the Department of Justice held its annual awards ceremony, and honored several attorneys in the Civil Division’s Fraud Section – in some cases for work outside that office’s core responsibility of enforcing the False Claims Act.

  • Carol Wallack received, along with twelve other attorneys from other offices, a Distinguished Service Award for settlement negotiations with banks over allegations of mortgage fraud;
  • A team of Fraud Section attorneys shared, with nine others, an Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention for their “xceptional perseverance, diligence and vision in the investigation, litigation and prosecution of allegations that Johnson & Johnson and two of its subsidiaries, Janssen and Scios, improperly promoted drugs, disregarded patient safety and paid kickbacks to enhance sales.” The honored Fraud Section attorneys are: Senior Trial Counsel Laurie A. Oberembt; Senior Counsel for Healthcare Fraud Edward C. Crooke; and Trial Attorneys Jennifer L. Cihon, Kimberly I. Friday, Patrick M. Klein II and RenĂ©e S. Orleans.

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