Paralegal 1/2 (PCN 03-1278)

US Government, Law

What You Will Be Doing
In your role as the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Paralegal, you will work closely with prosecutors and investigators during every aspect of the investigation and prosecution of cases involving Medicaid Fraud.

Some of the duties include doing research on prospective defendants and witnesses associated with cases including Corporate entities and their officers.  Your research will consist of the standard legal query into case law and the many statutes and regulations associated with, and governing, Medicaid providers. Additional research and investigative duties could including extensive research of public records, law enforcement activities, previous criminal and civil proceedings, locating and tracking prospective defendants and/or witnesses and obtaining and providing the documentation that supports the investigation and prosecution of Medicaid Fraud cases.
 
You will also play an important role in the investigative and prosecution process which may include assisting with witness interviews, assisting on search warrants, preparing exhibits and evidence such as photos, posters and CD/DVDs for grand jury and other court proceedings.  These preparations may include redacting audio and other pertinent records, enlarging and mounting diagrams and photos, creating illustrative exhibits and handling physical evidence that requires special precautions.
 
 
Mission and Culture
Our mission is to seek justice, promote public safety and public respect for government through prompt, effective, and compassionate prosecution of cases in a matter that advocates for the interests of the victims, respects the law enforcement agencies, responsibly stewards public resources, and holds offenders accountable while at the same time protecting the constitutional and legal rights of the accused.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) is part of the Office of Special Prosecutions, Criminal Division for the Department of Law.  The unit has statewide jurisdiction and authority to investigate and criminally prosecute violations of the Alaska Medicaid Program in accordance with state and federal law.  

The MFCU Paralegal is part of a prosecution team which consists of three Assistant Attorney Generals, a Forensic Accountant, Six investigators and a Law Office Assistant.
 
In this position, you are expected to assist and help manage all investigative and prosecutive aspects of complex cases involving Medicaid Fraud providers. Cases often involve a wide range of Medicaid providers, such as doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, facilities, clinics, Behavior and Personal Care agencies and their employees.  These cases not only deal with Medicaid Assistance Fraud, but may also consist of patient abuse and/or misappropriation of recipient’s assets.  The cases can bleed over into other types of white collar crime and are generally document intensive and often extremely voluminous in nature.
 
 
Benefits of Joining Our Team
You will have the opportunity of working with the MFCU team in working through the criminal justice system to resolve legal issues, including building relationships with other agencies such as law enforcement, court personnel and victim advocates.

You can make a difference in someone’s life and take pride in knowing that you have assisted members of your community. The work you will be part of will have a direct impact on promoting safe and secure communities throughout Alaska.  

This position is considered a flex position. After successfully demonstrating the core competencies outlined in the flex agreement, the incumbent will become eligible to flex to a Paralegal 2 position (Range 16).

You can expect a 37.5 hour work week; 11 paid holidays; personal leave accrual starting at 6 hours per pay period (about 21 days annually) and increasing with years of service. The general office hours are 8:00AM to 4:30PM but there is flexibility in establishing your regular hours around core business hours.
 
 
The Working Environment You Can Expect
The Office of Special Prosecutions is located at 310 K Street, Suite 702 in Anchorage, AK.

The office environment is friendly, fast-paced, and never boring.

In our office, you can become a leader, work as part of a team; work in one or more areas of law and build your office and computer skills
 
 
Who We Are Looking For
To be successful in this position a candidate will need the following core competencies:

  • Attention to Detail: Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others: develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are different, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
  • Reading: Understands and interprets written material, including technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables; applies what is learned from written material to specific situations.
  • Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
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