Peter Katz, Esq.
Peter Katz, counsel at Saland Law and former District Attorney colleague of Jeremy Saland, has litigated thousands of cases and personally tried over 50 federal and state cases as a Federal and Manhattan prosecutor. Concentrating his legal practice in Federal and New York State White Collar Criminal Defense, Peter has notable experience in the areas of healthcare and other financial fraud including, but not limited to, securities, bank, mortgage, wire and mail fraud.
Peter’s civil practice focuses on representing whistleblowers related to all types of government fraud, with particular attention to the health care and financial industries.
In addition to Peter’s criminal defense and qui tam concentrations, Peter also offers expert counseling on fraud and abuse issues, as well as assistance in designing corporate compliance programs and business codes of conduct, monitoring business practices for compliance with legal and ethical integrity requirements and conducting internal investigations arising from fraud and corruption allegations.
Prior to joining Saland Law, Peter served for nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Offices in the Eastern District of New York, District of New Jersey and the Fraud Section at Main Justice. There, Peter further developed his trial, investigative and analytical skills he had originally honed as a prosecutor during his eight years serving in Robert Morgenthau’s Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
During his 17 years as a prosecutor, Peter led numerous complex white collar investigations, including one of the last prosecutions stemming from the demise of Enron. Most recently, he focused on health care fraud allegations leading the Brooklyn Strike Force as a member of the Department of Justice’s highly acclaimed Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT). Mr. Katz investigated numerous qui tam allegations, resulting in the prosecution of individuals and business organizations.
Outside of the courtroom, Peter is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law and Rider University, teaching Healthcare Fraud and Abuse, Rights of the Accused, and Criminal Justice Practice. Further, Peter is Certified in Health Care Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association.
- Represented investor in federal criminal and SEC civil actions involving securities fraud and perjury with over $5 million in losses. After the government requested a sentence of 8 years, sentence was ultimately imposed of 24 months.
- Represented individual charged with multi-count Information of computer hacking as part of international fraud, securing only misdemeanor and non-jail sentence of 10 defendants.
- Represented pharmacist in $7 million federal health care and tax fraud criminal case.
- Represented tax preparer in the Eastern District of New York in a federal criminal tax fraud investigation. After the government requested a sentence of 3 years, client received a non-jail sentence.
- Represented Saudi national regarding Forgery Indictment in Manhattan.
- Represented employee/whistleblower in $150 million foreign exchange currency fraud investigation
- Declared expert on behalf of Defendant Psychiatrist regarding healthcare fraud investigation techniques
- Represented multiple employees in federal environmental crime investigation involving NOAA and DOJ
- Represented employee/target in an SEC criminal investigation, resulting in a non-prosecution agreement
- Successfully represented owner of a New York commercial and apartment building against unsubstantiated forfeiture allegations.
- Represented whistleblowers/relators in $40 million IRS tax fraud investigation
- Represented owner of a multi-million-dollar health care services company in federal criminal probe resulting in a deferred prosecution agreement
Because of either the sensitive or on-going nature of the investigation or case, in some instances, the case caption or name is not included:
In re: Health Care Corporation: Investigation of $300 million alleged health care fraud by high ranking officials in a prominent national health care company U.S. v. Shelby: Enron Executive $20 million Securities Fraud U.S. v. Sacks, et al.: 17 defendant, $40 million telemarketing/bank fraud U.S. v. Reich: Obstruction of Justice by former Congressional candidate U.S. v. Mentor: Attempted Murder for Hire; target was Chief Judge of Federal District Court U.S. v. Frank: $4 million Medicaid fraud by Brooklyn dentist U.S. v. Sachakov: $20 million Medicare fraud by Brooklyn proctologist In re: NYC Plumbing Inspectors: 22 NYC Plumbing inspectors convicted for taking bribes In re: The Business Office: $7 million payroll tax fraud U.S. v. Quarashi: $86 million insurance fraud
- Elements of an Effective Third Party Sales & Marketing Compliance Program, Webinar Presenter for UL Eduneering, Princeton, NJ (2014)
- Top Four Compliance Risks Companies Face with Recent Health Care Legislation, co-written with Denise Pedulla, Corporate Compliance Insights (2013)
- Responding to Government Investigations in Health Care, Presenter, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, IL (2013)
- Analyzing Trends in U.S. Enforcement from a State and Federal Perspective, Moderator, 8th Annual CBI Medical Device and Diagnostics Compliance Conference, Washington, DC (2012)
- A History of Free Agency in the United States and Great Britain: Who’s Leading the Charge? Comparative Labor Law Journal, volume 15, number 3, Spring 1994. Reprint available
- American Bar Association
- American Health Lawyers Association
- Eastern District of New York Alumni Association
- District of New Jersey Alumni Association
- Manhattan District Attorney Association>