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September 2018

Partner Gabriel L. Imperato interviews DOJ's Michael Granston in 'Strengthening the relationship between DOJ attorneys and compliance professionals'

By Gabriel L. Imperato

Compliance Today

This interview with Director Granston was conducted in July by SCCE & HCCA board member Gabriel L. Imperato, Esq. (gabriel.imperato@nelsonmullins.com), Managing Partner, Fort Lauderdale office of Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel LLP.

GI: Please tell our readers about your background and how you became Director of the Civil Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

MG: Following law school and clerkships at both the district and appellate court levels, I worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm Covington & Burling. At the firm, I had the opportunity to work on a diverse array of civil and criminal cases. These matters included both white-collar fraud investigations as well as a variety of healthcare issues, and the intersection of these areas of responsibility sparked my interest in healthcare fraud. Thus, in 1997, I took advantage of the opportunity to join the Civil Fraud Section of the Justice Department, due to its responsibility for bringing False Claims Act (FCA) cases and its growing focus on healthcare fraud enforcement. I had the subsequent good fortune to learn from a tremendous array of extremely talented and committed public servants, and in 2013, I became the director of the office. In that capacity, I have attempted to continue the Fraud Section’s legacy of active but judicious enforcement of the FCA to protect taxpayer funds against fraud and abuse.