At Capitelli & Wicker, we regularly represent clients in every stage of white collar investigations and prosecutions in both federal and state court arenas.
Our services range from acting as an advisor to targets of grand jury investigations and witnesses who must appear before them, to guiding clients through indictment, pretrial hearings, plea negotiation, trial, and sentencing.
In addition to representing individual and corporate clients in sensitive and high-profile criminal prosecutions, we frequently represent clients in parallel state and federal criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings.
1. White Collar Crime –
We have unparalleled experience representing a wide array of clients in white collar criminal cases, from private individuals in sealed matters to global organizations in high-profile criminal prosecutions. In addition, we frequently handle parallel criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings arising from the same events that have been – or may be – brought against clients by state and federal agencies, professional organizations, and governmental entities.
Health Care Fraud:
Our lawyers understand the complex issues that exist within the ever-changing health care industry, and have defended clients against allegations of fraudulent billing of Medicare and Medicaid, kickbacks, False Claims Act violations, and other claims involving health care fraud. We have represented companies, physicians, licensed practitioners, employees, directors, officers, and others in the health care industry who find themselves involved in grand jury investigations, criminal prosecutions, and regulatory and enforcement proceedings. We have the ability and experience to take all of these health care related matters to trial, if necessary.
Our services include representation of clients in criminal investigations and prosecutions of a broad spectrum of financial crimes, including mail and wire fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and obstruction of justice.
Our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the complex federal and state laws that govern claims of public corruption. We have represented public officials and government figures, including elected officials and law enforcement officers, who have been accused of misusing public funds or governmental power for private benefit or personal gain. In addition to defending our clients against criminal charges and civil causes of action, we help clients protect their public image and reputation by managing the media coverage that frequently accompanies these types of accusations.
We have represented individuals, corporations, and other business entities who have been accused of federal and state tax crimes, including tax evasion and tax fraud. Our criminal tax practice includes representation of our clients during administrative investigations by the IRS; grand jury investigations led by the Department of Justice or state prosecutors; and pretrial hearings, at trial, and in sentencing proceedings. We have also represented targets, subjects, and witnesses in audits and investigations conducted by the Internal Revenue Service and/or the Department of Justice’s Tax Division.
2. Government Investigations –
Our white-collar defense practice includes the representation of clients involved in government investigations, hearings, and adjudications; internal investigations; state and federal audits; and other administrative proceedings. We have represented companies and individuals in matters involving a wide range of regulatory authorities, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Department of Justice (DOJ); Office of the Inspector General (OIG); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS); and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).
High-Profile Government Investigations:
A governmental investigation of a public figure or prominent corporation requires an organized and strategic response on multiple fronts before the underlying issues become framed and fixed in the public mind. This requires immediate and simultaneous interaction with prosecutors, law enforcement officials, government agencies, the media, and members of the public. Our firm uses our firsthand knowledge of how government agencies conduct investigations, hearings, and prosecutions to assist our clients in navigating these high-stakes and high-profile proceedings successfully.
Environmental Investigations & Violations:
Our firm frequently represents individuals and local, regional, and global companies in a wide variety of Louisiana and federal environmental matters. We have counseled clients in matters involving compliance with the Oil Pollution Act, the Clean Water Act, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement offshore regulations, the Endangered Species Act, and the Lacey Act. We have also successfully defended clients in state and federal criminal enforcement actions arising from alleged environmental violations.
Investigations of Professionals and Officials:
We have represented business professionals and public officials in a wide range of investigations by state and federal regulatory agencies, whether the client has simply received a non-party subpoena or is the target of an agency’s enforcement proceeding.
3. Representative Experience: –
- Successfully defended the owner of a health care company targeted by a Federal criminal investigation from all criminal and civil charges.
- Represented an elected official during the investigation of a high-profile public corruption scandal, which resulted in no charges filed and no actions taken against our client.
- Successfully defended government employee accused of theft of government funds. No charges filed.