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ChrisShaw

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Overview

Biography

Before joining Barclay Damon, Chris served for nearly a decade as the New York City regional director for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) within the Office of the Attorney General, State of New York, where he supervised a staff of over 90 attorneys, detectives, auditors, registered nurses, and other professionals who investigated and prosecuted provider fraud within the New York State Medicaid program as well as patient abuse and neglect in residential care facilities. He was the face of the Attorney General’s Office related to these matters in New York City and was responsible for coordinating investigative efforts with multiple government agencies, including the United States Attorney Offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), and various district attorneys’ offices. 

Chris also co-chaired the MFCU’s statewide Fraud and Abuse Working Group. In this role, Chris, individually and with his teams, investigated and prosecuted substance abuse treatment programs, pharmacies, diagnostic treatment providers, dental practices, home health care agencies, transportation companies, and individual practitioners within a variety of medical fields to name a few. Included among the expansive range of the civil and criminal violations and schemes Chris successfully prosecuted are health care fraud, larceny, kickbacks, fee splitting, upcoding, unbundling, money laundering, false filings, opioid trafficking, and racketeering.

Chris, to date, is the only prosecutor in MFCU’s history to charge and successfully prosecute a health care provider for enterprise corruption (racketeering), a charge typically limited to traditional organized crime figures. Chris twice successfully filed enterprise corruption charges against health care providers: first against a series of interconnected pharmacies that participated in a prescription buyback scheme and recently culminated in the extradition of the owner and lead defendant from Pakistan; and the second against Narco Freedom, a multimillion-dollar not-for-profit substance abuse treatment provider that operated treatment programs and transitional housing and, in so doing, violated patient rights and systematically billed for static treatment plans.

Prior to his role with the Office of the Attorney General, New York State, Chris served as a senior assistant district attorney within the Economic Crimes Bureau of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of financial crimes, including insurance fraud, larceny, enterprise corruption, forgery, identity theft, and tax crimes. Prior to joining the Economic Crimes Bureau, Chris was assigned to the Felony Trial Bureau, where he prosecuted and secured trial verdicts against violent felony offenders, drug dealers, and others. Earlier in his career, he was assigned to the Appeals and Special Litigation Bureau, where he handled post-verdict litigation at all levels within the New York State court system, including before the New York State Court of Appeals.

With his in-depth understanding of compliance and litigation in the health care industry and professional relationships forged over decades in law enforcement, Chris focuses his practice on audits, criminal and civil investigations and litigation, and compliance in the health care industry as well as defense of white-collar criminal investigations and government investigations of all types.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Health Law Committee Co-Chair

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 
  • Health Care Compliance Association
Experience

Prior Experience

  • New York State Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), New York City Regional Director
  • New York State Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), New York City Deputy Regional Director
  • Office of the District Attorney, Westchester County, New York, Economic Crimes Bureau, Senior Assistant District Attorney 
  • Office of the District Attorney, Westchester County, New York, Trial Division, Assistant District Attorney
  • Office of the District Attorney, Westchester County, New York, Appeals Bureau, Assistant District Attorney
  • Office of the District Attorney, Westchester County, New York, Local Criminal Courts Division, Assistant District Attorney
     

Selected Honors

  • New York State Office of the Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz Award for Prosecutorial Excellence, Narco Freedom
  • National Insurance Crime Bureau, Elm Street Medical
     
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting Virtual Conference, Health Law Section Program, "Enforcement and Regulatory Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic: 2022 and Beyond" 
  • National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units 2020 Annual Conference, “International Extraditions – When Defendants Run Far, Far Away…and How to Get Them Back”
  • National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units 2018 Annual Conference, “Unlocking Substance Abuse Treatment Fraud”
  • Medicaid Integrity Institute, Symposium on Interactions Between Medicaid Fraud Control Units and Program Integrity Units, 2018, “Managing Interactions With Your Single State Agency, MFCU’s Perspective”

Selected Publications & Media

  • Law360, “Ex-Medicaid Fraud Director Joins Barclay Damon in NYC”

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

Board of Regents Adopts Emergency Regulations on the Mental Health Diagnostic Privilege

Alerts

Utility Companies Not Liable for Substations They Do Not Own, Operate, or Supervise

Alerts

Supreme Court Establishes a Subjective Mens Rea Burden of Proof Under the Controlled Substances Act

Alerts

The 13th New York State Cannabis Control Board Meeting

Alerts

EPA's Continued Focus and Mandated Reporting on PFAS ("Forever Chemicals")

Alerts

EPA Issues Proposed Water Quality Certification Rule

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