Antonio M. Pozos represents clients in criminal litigation, internal investigations, government investigations, and related civil proceedings, with a particular emphasis on the health care industry, foreign corruption, public corruption, and cross-border disputes. He is an experienced trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor.
Tony has extensive criminal and civil experience in both federal and state courts. Before joining Drinker Biddle, Tony was a federal prosecutor with the Criminal Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked with the Corporate Strike Force and the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. During his time at the DOJ, he prosecuted hospital operators, home health care agency owners, doctors, and other health care industry executives and medical professionals throughout the United States. Significantly, he prosecuted a groundbreaking case against a publicly traded hospital operator, which resulted in a civil and criminal monetary resolution of more than $500 million, and the entry of guilty pleas by two hospital subsidiaries. He also prosecuted public corruption matters and trained prosecutors from around the country at the Fraud Section’s annual health care fraud training conference.
Tony previously practiced with a major international law firm in Washington, D.C., where he handled litigation and investigations involving investment fraud, securities and commercial fraud, money laundering, insider trading and the False Claims Act. Tony has routinely represented foreign and domestic corporate clients, as well as individuals, in international investigations and litigation.
Tony clerked on the Eastern District of Virginia’s “Rocket Docket” for the Hon. Anthony J. Trenga.
- Represented foreign electronics manufacturer in civil fraud litigation against, and in criminal investigation of, former company executives and Latin American customers.
- Represented foreign high-performance materials manufacturer and executives in civil False Claims Act litigation, including proceedings in the United Kingdom.
- Represented financial institution in criminal investigation of, and related civil litigation arising from, a “Prime Bank” investment fraud scheme.
- Represented financial institution as a third party in civil enforcement action by the Department of Justice against ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.
- Represented financial institution in Justice Department and SIGTARP investigation of mortgage-backed securities trading activities.
- Represented client in investigation of Venezuelan money laundering and currency exchange fraud.
- Represented private equity firm in SEC investigation of insider trading.
- Represented Chinese executive in SEC investigation of “reverse merger.”
- Represented defense contractor in Justice Department procurement fraud investigation.
- Prosecuted publicly traded hospital operator for violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and defrauding the United States, resulting in a $513 million monetary resolution, guilty pleas by two hospital subsidiaries, and a three-year non-prosecution agreement (including a criminal monitor) binding the company and its operating subsidiaries.
- Charged former hospital CEO for offenses including mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, and major fraud against the United States.
- Prosecuted $56 million home health care fraud scheme, resulting in conviction of 13 defendants, including home health care agency owners, administrators, doctors, patient recruiters and registered nurse. Nine defendants pleaded guilty. Four defendants -- two doctors, an administrator and registered nurse -- were convicted at trial.
- Prosecuted $34 million home health care fraud scheme, resulting in conviction of doctor and home health care agency owner at trial.
- Supervised investigations of acute care and psychiatric hospitals and their executives, home health care agency owners, group home operators, doctors and patient recruiters.
- Prosecuted former Drug Enforcement Administration agents for offenses involving narcotics distribution, robbery, firearms, obstruction of justice, perjury, falsifying records and conversion.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Cooperative Achievement Award (2017)
Federal Bureau of Investigation Award for Outstanding Efforts and Contributions to the Public Corruption Program (2017)
Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement (2017)
Drug Enforcement Administration Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Cooperative Law Enforcement Efforts in New Orleans, Louisiana (2017)
Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)
- District of Columbia
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2007, cum laude
- Harvard College, A.B., 2004, magna cum laude
- University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court (2017 to Present)
- Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania