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A.G. (Alec)  Alexander, III
A.G. (Alec)  Alexander, III

A.G. (Alec) Alexander, III

Partner - Baton Rouge

A.G. (Alec) Alexander, III is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. Mr. Alexander focuses his practice on healthcare-related white collar civil and criminal defense representing corporations and senior-level corporate officials in fraud matters. He has extensive experience handling False Claims Act (qui tam) whistleblower cases and also advises a wide range of clients in all aspects of statutory and regulatory compliance. Most recently, Mr. Alexander helped to obtain a civil and criminal fraud declination in a federal fraud matter involving a large hospital system.

Before joining BSW, Mr. Alexander was an attorney and healthcare executive at CHRISTUS Health Louisiana where he served as the Chief Compliance Officer. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, he was responsible for the strategic and operational components of the CHRISTUS Louisiana compliance program and served as the Institutional Official for the CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Institutional Review Board.

Before CHRISTUS, Mr. Alexander served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. In that position, he was responsible for district-wide enforcement of the False Claims Act, and also assisted in the prosecution of several False Claims Act cases with national scope. He organized and managed government fraud investigations, trained federal agents to investigate, develop and prosecute False Claims Act cases and co-authored the district’s parallel proceeding policy which coordinates the civil and criminal aspects of all fraud prosecutions. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Alexander successfully investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of health care providers and other entities under the False Claims Act, the Stark Law, and the Anti-Kickback statutes including hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical manufacturers, home health companies, clinical reference laboratories, DME companies, mental health facilities and teaching hospitals. He also handled False Claims Act cases involving violations in the oil and gas and defense industries.

During his eight-year tenure with the Department of Justice, Mr. Alexander served as the district's Civil Health Care Fraud Coordinator and Affirmative Civil Enforcement Coordinator, and was responsible for enforcement of both the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and the Medical Care Recovery Act. In 2004, and again in 2009, Alexander’s work for the Department of Justice was recognized by the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, who twice awarded him the Inspector General’s Integrity Award for prosecuting health care fraud. In 2002, Alec was also awarded the Inspector General’s Special Agent Award by the Inspector General of the United States Department of the Interior for the successful False Claims Act prosecution of an international oil and gas producer.

Mr. Alexander received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1996 and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard T. Haik in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Alexander has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell.

Practice Areas

Healthcare
White Collar Defense and Criminal Defense
Litigation

Education

South Texas College of Law , J.D.

University of Dallas, B.A.

Admissions

Louisiana and Texas 1997, including state, federal and appellate courts throughout Texas and Louisiana, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association

American Health Lawyer Association

State Bar of Texas

Federal Bar Association

Lafayette Parish Bar Association

Honors and Awards

2009, Commendation Letter from Brigadier General James C. Yarbrough, U.S. Army, Commanding General, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk

2009, United States Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Integrity Award

2004, United States Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Integrity Award

2002, United States Department of Interior Special Agent Award

AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated

Publications

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Presentations

  • Prosecuting and Defending False Claims Act Liability, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Health Law Committee CLE Teleconference, June 20, 2017
  • Not Your Grandfather's False Claims Act: Trends in the Identification and Pursuit of Aberrant Physician Practices, American Bar Association Health Law Section Physicians Legal Conference, Chicago, IL, June 8, 2017
  • False Claims Act Fundamentals and Recent Developments: A Guide to Navigating the Perilous Waters of Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement for Hospital System Compliance Officers, CHRISTUS Health Corporate Compliance Department Summit, May 25, 2017
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Everything You Need to Know About Qui Tam Whistleblower Law and the FCA, Brown Bag Lunch CLE, Lafayette-Acadiana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, May 18, 2017
  • Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Panel, HCCA New Orleans Regional Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 21, 2017
  • False Claims Act Fundamentals: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Bringing and Defending Whistleblower Suits, Lafayette Bar Association - December CLE by the Hour Seminar, Lafayette, Louisiana, December 29, 2016
  • False Claims Act Fundamentals: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Bringing and Defending Whistleblower Suits, Shreveport Bar Association - December CLE by the Hour Seminar, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 13, 2016
  • From Escobar to Rigsby and Beyond: False Claims Act Fundamentals and Recent Developments, Louisiana State Bar Association Health Law Section, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2, 2016
  • False Claims Act Fundamentals and Recent Developments: A Guide to Navigating the Perilous Waters of Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement for Hospital System Compliance Officers, CHRISTUS Health Compliance Institute, Irving, Texas, November 15, 2016
  • The Government Enforcement Official and Chief Compliance Officer - Learned Experiences on Pro-Active Initiatives to Mitigate and Minimize Risk, HCCA Enforcement Compliance Institute, Washington, D.C., October 24, 2016
  • False Claims Act, Fundamentals and Recent Developments: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Bringing and Defending Whistleblower Suits, Shreveport Bar Association, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 14, 2016
  • False Claims Act and Regulatory Compliance for Physician Practices and Recent Hot Topics, MGMA New Orleans Workshop, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 28, 2016
  • False Claims Act Fundamentals and Recent Developments: A Guide to Navigating the Perilous Water of Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement for Mobile Imaging Providers, National Association of Portable X ray Providers (NAPXP), New Orleans, Louisiana, September 27, 2016
  • An Interactive Case Study: How to Respond to Complaints of Unnecessary Medical Procedures in the Hospital, Part II, June 14, 2016
  • An Interactive Case Study: How to Respond to Complaints of Unnecessary Medical Procedures in the Hospital, Part I, June 6, 2016
  • “Federal False Claims Act Fundamentals”, Louisiana Health Information Management Association Annual Convention, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 2016
  • Navigating the Perilous Waters of the Federal False Claims Act in the Health Care Setting, LSBA Health Law Section, 6th Annual CLE and Networking Luncheon, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2015
  • "Best Practices for Magistrate Judge Whitehurst" and Recent Updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure", Judge John Shaw Civility and Ethics CLE, Lafayette-Acadiana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Lafayette, Louisiana, December 2015
  • Federal False Claims Act and Whistleblower Update, Lafayette Bar Association, 2015 CLE by the Hour, Lafayette, Louisiana, December 2015
  • "Healthcare Fraud & Compliance", LHA Health Law Symposium, Baton Rouge, LA, November 2015
  • What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About False Claims Act Qui Tam/Whistleblower Litigation, 26th Annual Fort Polk CLE, Fort Polk, Louisiana, November 2015
  • Important Things You Should Know About Current Civil and Criminal Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Activities, Louisiana Hospital Association, 26th Annual Health Law Symposium, Baton Rouge, November 2015
  • The Government Enforcement Official and Chief Compliance Officer - Learned Experiences on Pro-Active Initiatives to Mitigate and Minimize Risk, HCCA Enforcement Compliance Institute, Washington, D.C., October 2015
  • Advanced Compliance Seminar, Louisiana Hospital Association Conference Center, September 2015
  • "Five Things About Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Enforcement Every Person In The Hospital C-Suite Should Know", LHA Summer Conference, Perdido Key, FL, July 2015
  • "Clinical Risk Managers on Emerging False Claims Issues in the Quality Arena", LHA Trust Funds Trends in Healthcare Risk Seminar, Baton Rouge, LA, July 2015
  • Navigating the Perilous Waters of the False Claims Act from Medical Necessity to he Anti-Kickback Statute and Beyond, ABA Physicians Legal Issues Conference, ABA Health Law Section, Chicago, IL, June 11, 2015
  • An Overview of Regulatory and Law Enforcement Agencies in Healthcare; An Introduction to the Compliance Practice, Focusing on Structure, Implementing and Operating an Effective Plan; Knowing, Assessing, Prioritizing and Addressing Risk, Louisiana Hospital Association Basic Compliance Seminar, Baton Rouge, LA, April 29, 2015
  • Basic Compliance Seminar and Training, Louisiana Hospital Association, April 25, 2015, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Government Investigations, Settlements, and Resulting Compliance Obligations of Long Term Care Providers, Co-Presenter, American Health Lawyers Association Long Term Care and the Law Conference, New Orleans, La., February 24, 2015
  • How Compliance Programs Often Miss the FCA Mark; Emerging FCA Implications of Quality Initiatives; and Current Issues from the Prospective of Law Enforcement, Health Ethics Trust, Southeast Regional Certification Intensive Course, January 26-28, 2015
  • Health Care Fraud Panel, Louisiana Department of Insurance Fraud Conference, October 15, 2014, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Advanced Compliance Update, Louisiana Hospital Association, March 5, 2013
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Representative Experience

United States v. International Oil and Gas Producer, $49 million False Claims Act recovery related to the company’s illegal venting and flaring of natural gas and related false and fraudulent reporting.

U.S. ex rel. Roberts and Purcell v. Aging Care Home Health, $5 million False Claims Act judgment against home health company and owners for defrauding Medicare program through various Stark, Anti-Kickback and False Claims Act violations. (See United States ex rel. Roberts v. Aging Care Home Health Inc., 2008 WL 2945946 (W.D.La. 2008); United States ex rel. Roberts v. Aging Care Home Health Inc., 2007 WL 4522465 (W.D.La. 2007); United States ex rel. Roberts v. Aging Care Home Health Inc., 474 F.Supp.2nd 810 (W.D.La. 2007); United States ex rel. Roberts v. Aging Care Home Health Inc., 2005 WL 1662006 (W.D.La. 2005)).

United States ex rel. Relators v. Pharmaceutical Manufacturer, $41 million False Claims Act and criminal recovery related to manufacturer’s nation-wide kickback and off-label promotion scheme.

United States v. Publicly Traded Home Health Company, $1.2 million False Claims Act recovery from publicly traded home health provider for defrauding federal programs and making materially false statements in a self-disclosure.

United States ex rel. Relators v. Large Teaching Hospital, $710,000 False Claims Act recovery from teaching hospital related to fraudulent claims for never-performed Part B services by attending physicians.

U. S. ex rel Relator v. Private Regional Medical Center, $1.9 million False Claims Act recovery for fraud on the Medicare program related to claims for unnecessary cardiac interventions.

United States ex rel Relator v. Un-Named Medical Reference Laboratory, investigation of $5 million to $15 million False Claims Act matter related to kickback scheme by reference lab intended to induce Medicare referrals.

United States v. A Sales and Service Company, $1.8 million recovery under the Medical Care Recovery Act against tortfeasor and insurer for past and future federal medical expenditures.

United States v. Commercial Building Owner, $500,000 recovery under the Medical Care Recovery Act against tortfeasor and insurer for past and future federal medical expenditures.

United States v. Large Medical Malpractice Insurer, $275,000 Medicare Secondary Payer Act recovery for medical expenditures by federal program.

United States v. Large Medical Malpractice Insurer, $270,000 Medicare Secondary Payer Act recovery for medical expenditures by federal program.