Susrut A. Carpenter

Counsel

New York
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F +1.212.589.4201

Overview

A trial lawyer and former prosecutor, Sonny Carpenter is a member of BakerHostetler’s National White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation team. He focuses his practice on internal investigations, white collar defense, and regulatory compliance matters, specifically in the areas of healthcare, securities, corruption, and money laundering.

Sonny has tried complex jury trials and led investigations with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, FBI, ICE, and other government agencies, and applies that experience in aid of corporate and individual clients. He regularly represents clients in highly-sensitive federal, state, and internal investigations; SEC enforcement litigation; and confidential crises involving government inquiries like subpoenas and corporate search warrant executions. Importantly, Sonny helps clients avoid risk by developing and strengthening their compliance programs.

Sonny speaks at anti-corruption, banking, and counter-terrorist financing seminars, and has published articles on healthcare fraud, avoiding FCPA violations, compliance best practices, and conducting investigations.

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  • Represented approximately two dozen medical practices in a state-wide DOJ investigation into alleged Stark Law and Anti-Kickback violations.
  • AML/Bank Fraud counsel representing court-appointed Examiner (Nirav Modi & Firestar Diamond): In the largest bank fraud in India's history, investigated the fraud against Punjab National Bank and alleged money laundering to ultimately tie billionaire Nirav Modi and his fraud to the United States.
Federal Prosecution
  • Served as lead prosecutor during a four-month investigation into violations of the False Claims Act.
  • Successfully prosecuted one of the largest international drug smuggling and illegal weapons cases in the Army. Coordinated the investigation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Virginia State Police Narcotics Interdiction Team; and Army Criminal investigators.
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Experience

  • Represented approximately two dozen medical practices in a state-wide DOJ investigation into alleged Stark Law and Anti-Kickback violations.
  • AML/Bank Fraud counsel representing court-appointed Examiner (Nirav Modi & Firestar Diamond): In the largest bank fraud in India's history, investigated the fraud against Punjab National Bank and alleged money laundering to ultimately tie billionaire Nirav Modi and his fraud to the United States.
  • Represented a physician practice in enforcement investigations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the New York State Office of the Attorney General concerning Medicare/Medicaid fraud and violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Represented large generics pharmaceutical manufacturer in a U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Antitrust investigation, managing a search warrant execution and concurrent Grand Jury investigation as part of a coordinated inquiry into alleged price fixing, customer allocation, and other market-manipulative conduct within the generics pharmaceutical industry.
  • Represented a publicly traded multinational corporation in an FCPA investigation related to Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
  • Successfully represented a senior executive of a multinational public company in an internal FCPA investigation.
  • Represented a billion-dollar private equity fund in an SEC investigation relating to alleged disclosure, accounting and securities fraud in connection with a multimillion-dollar fee charged over seven-years.
  • Represented a high-level executive at a large corporation in a public contracting fraud and corruption investigation.
  • Represented a senior government official in a public corruption investigation spearheaded by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and local New York City agencies. Secured full acquittal at trial.
  • Represented an individual in the first post-Newman SEC insider trading matters.
  • Served as a member of the core team in a Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act independent examinership of a Swiss Bank.
  • Served as a member of the BakerHostetler legal team representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Federal Prosecution
  • Served as lead prosecutor during a four-month investigation into violations of the False Claims Act.
  • Successfully prosecuted one of the largest international drug smuggling and illegal weapons cases in the Army. Coordinated the investigation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Virginia State Police Narcotics Interdiction Team; and Army Criminal investigators.
  • Worked on a team prosecuting a group of individuals for identity theft and defrauding federal credit unions.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2015 to 2019)

Memberships

  • South Asian Bar Association of New York
  • Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Financial Threats Council
  • Bunker Labs, New York City Chapter: City Leader

News

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Prior Positions

  • U.S. Army JAG Corps
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section

Military Service

  • U.S. Army
    • Final Rank: Captain
    • Army Commendation Medal (two-time recipient)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, Managing Editor, Business Law Review
  • M.A., American University, International Affairs-Transnational Crime, Corruption & Terrorism
  • B.A., Boston University, Economics, cum laude, Dean's Scholar

Languages

  • Gujarati

Blog

In The Blogs

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Antitrust Advocate
Fuel Supply Bid-Rigging Prosecution Highlights Interplay of Whistleblower Statute and Antitrust Division's Leniency Program
By Susrut A. Carpenter, Jeffrey D. Martino
April 16, 2020
On April 8, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division (Division), the DOJ Civil Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio (collectively, the Government) announced a civil antitrust and False Claims...
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