Gregory S. Saikin

Partner

Houston
T 713.646.1399  |  F 713.751.1717

Greg Saikin is a former federal prosecutor and focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and related civil and administrative regulatory matters. He routinely represents healthcare industry clients regarding allegations of fraud and kickbacks brought by federal and state governmental agencies. Greg also represents clients across industries in other enforcement areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export control laws, securities fraud, asset forfeiture, money laundering, and the Bank Secrecy Act. He has conducted a number of internal corporate investigations, assisting clients in avoiding investigations, enforcement action, and/or associated reputational harm.

Prior to joining the firm, Greg served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, prosecuting healthcare fraud and other white collar crimes. Greg bases his advice to clients on his experience leading every phase of a criminal matter for the government, including grand jury investigations, trials, and appeals, and he is likewise well-versed on an array of issues unique to international criminal investigations. His practical understanding of the interplay among administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement authorities is also particularly valuable for clients. Prior to his legal career, Greg worked on the White House Advance Staff, coordinating official visits of former President George W. Bush throughout the U.S. and in numerous foreign countries.

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Healthcare Industry
  • Representation of physicians, dentists, rehabilitation facilities, and home health agencies subject to administrative audits, payment suspensions, and overpayment demands by regional Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC), Medicaid Integrity Contractors (MIC), Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Office of Inspector General (OIG), and various commercial payors' Special Investigative Units (SIU).
White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Representation of U.S. real estate developer targeted by Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) for money laundering related to alleged public corruption scheme in Mexico. 
Prior Prosecution Matters
  • Lead counsel for government in prosecution of 37 individuals, including insurance agents and law enforcement officers, arising out of multimillion-dollar conspiracy to defraud one of the nation's largest insurers. 

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Experience

Healthcare Industry
  • Representation of physicians, dentists, rehabilitation facilities, and home health agencies subject to administrative audits, payment suspensions, and overpayment demands by regional Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC), Medicaid Integrity Contractors (MIC), Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Office of Inspector General (OIG), and various commercial payors' Special Investigative Units (SIU).
  • Representation of hospital systems, academic medical facilities, and other healthcare providers against civil False Claims Act allegations made by whistleblowers and the U.S. Attorneys' offices.
  • Representation of home health agencies, diagnostic testing facilities, and durable medical equipment companies in criminal matters involving the FBI, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (DHHS-OIG), Texas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), and various U.S. Attorneys' offices.
  • Representation of large pain management clinic in response to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Diversion Control audit and through the preparation and implementation of corporate compliance program related to the intake, physical security, documentation, and disposal of controlled substances.
White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Representation of U.S. real estate developer targeted by Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) for money laundering related to alleged public corruption scheme in Mexico. 
  • Representation of professional sports bettor charged with operating an illegal gambling business and evading the currency transaction reporting requirements of the IRS' Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
  • Representation of multiple oilfield services companies and their executives under parallel administrative and criminal investigation by the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for alleged shipments to sanctioned countries.
  • Representation of multiple oilfield services companies in response to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations by the Department of Justice, Fraud Section and through the implementation of corporate compliance programs related to dealings with vendors and foreign officials.
Prior Prosecution Matters
  • Lead counsel for government in prosecution of 37 individuals, including insurance agents and law enforcement officers, arising out of multimillion-dollar conspiracy to defraud one of the nation's largest insurers.
  • Lead counsel for government in successful healthcare fraud prosecution of president of medical supply company, whose ten-year statutory maximum prison sentence was affirmed by federal court of appeals in published opinion.
  • Co-counsel for government in successful prosecution of leader and other members of infamous international healthcare fraud ring charged with operating "false front" infusion therapy clinics throughout the U.S. and submitting millions of dollars in fraudulent claims to multiple Medicare Advantage plans.
  • Lead counsel for government in successful prosecution of medical supply business owners and sales representative for violations of the federal anti-kickback statute.
  • Lead counsel for government in successful wire fraud prosecution of business executive who defrauded former employer, a national manufacturing company, through financial scheme involving the use of multiple shell companies. Defendant fled United States as investigation arose, resulting in Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) request to Canada, as well as defendant's arrest, extradition, and lengthy federal prison sentence.
  • Lead counsel for government in successful securities fraud prosecution of investment manager whose fraudulent misrepresentations about high-yield investments and prime bank instruments led to millions of dollars of loss for customers.
  • Lead counsel for government in successful multimillion-dollar bank fraud prosecution of financial institution's vice president who created fictitious commercial loans using identifiers of bank customers and thereafter laundered proceeds through other accounts in effort to avoid detection.
  • Lead counsel for government in successful bank fraud prosecution of financial institution's president and homebuilder customer who conspired to falsify loan documents in relation to hundreds of thousands of dollars in construction loans.
  • Lead counsel for government in successful wire fraud prosecution of freight broker who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employer and employee's vendors through use of shell companies. Defendant received lengthy prison sentence as a result of wire fraud conviction and two state felony convictions from prior years.
  • Lead counsel for government in successful mail fraud prosecution of health insurance agent who created fictitious Medicare Advantage Plan policies to obtain substantial sums in commissions. Federal prosecution followed two prior unsuccessful state prosecutions of defendant arising out of similar alleged schemes.

Recognitions

  • Law360 "Rising Star" in Health (2015)
  • Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Integrity Award
  • FBI Director: Outstanding Prosecution Skills
  • U.S. Secret Service Director: Superior Contributions to Law Enforcement

Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association: Healthcare Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Services

Industries

Prior Positions

  • U.S. Department of Justice: Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas
      • Fraud Section
      • Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Task Force
  • The White House Advance Staff

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2010
  • Texas, 2005

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2005, with honors
  • B.S., The University of Texas at Austin, 2002, with high honors