Curtis , Benton

Benton Curtis, a former federal prosecutor for ten years, focuses his practice on white collar criminal and civil matters and complex civil litigation, government investigations and compliance counseling, with a particular emphasis in the health care industry. He has tried over 25 federal jury trials around the country, and applies that experience when routinely counseling clients on fraud and abuse, Anti-Kickback, and Stark issues.

Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Curtis most recently served as an Assistant Chief for the Criminal Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice. In this role, he supervised investigations, prosecutions, and resolutions in the Fraud Section’s Health Care Fraud Unit in multiple federal districts, including, at times, the Central District of California, the Middle District of Louisiana, and the Eastern District of New York. He likewise oversaw numerous corporate matters in other federal districts, investigating significant alleged schemes connected to the durable medical equipment, medical device, and skilled nursing facility industries, among others.

In addition to his duties as an Assistant Chief, Curtis also investigated securities fraud matters, principally high-yield investment and insider trading schemes, and alleged violations of the Foreign Corruption Practices Act in the gaming and entertainment industries.

Before his tenure with the Criminal Fraud Section, Curtis served for four years as an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. During this stint, he spent the majority of his time in the office’s Economic Crimes Section, prosecuting health care fraud and other related white collar statutes. Notably, Curtis prosecuted the first ever Medicare Part C fraud cases in the United States after a host of national insurance companies were victimized by HIV infusion medication schemes in the Miami area. He also successfully prosecuted a group of conspirators who were illegally accessing/obtaining patient information from a major health care provider in the Miami area and brokering the information to local personal injury attorneys and clinics.

For his efforts, Curtis was the recipient of the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award in 2011.

Curtis is an active member of various professional and community organizations, and frequently lectures on topics related to health care fraud and compliance.

Significant Cases

Represent former South American minister in connection with U.S. Department of Justice FCPA and money laundering investigation.

Represent Caribbean state-owned entity in civil lawsuit against former procurement officer and numerous former vendors (domestic and foreign), alleging elaborate kickback and bid-rigging scheme between the officer and vendors.

Represent co-principal of compounding pharmacy in connection with parallel civil and criminal investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Represent former health care executive in connection with criminal investigation into alleged violations of the Federal Anti-Kickback and Health Care Fraud Statutes.

Represent prominent, public health care district and provide regulatory advice as needed.

Successfully represented President of South American football association in connection with U.S. Department of Justice’s corruption investigation of FIFA.

Successfully represented global medical device company in obtaining temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctions against former employees who attempted to sell misbranded and adulterated devices.

Successfully represented significant Florida physician group in civil investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services into alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.

Represented Major League Baseball Player in connection with obstruction and perjury allegations.

Bar Membership

Tennessee
Alabama
District of Columbia
Florida

Education

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University 
Birmingham, AL, 2001
J.D., Juris Doctor

Spring Hill College
Mobile, AL, 1997
B.A., Bachelor of Arts

Affiliations

The Florida Bar
Member

“Just Say No!” Avoiding Addiction Treatment Fraud and Abuse: What You Need to Know to Get and Stay in Compliance

“AHLA’s Fraud and Compliance Forum”

“CBI’s 3rd Annual Global Anti-Corruption and FCPA Compliance Congress”

“HCCA’s Managed Care Compliance Conference”

“American Bar Association’s 26th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud”

“The Florida Bar, Health Law Section”

“HCCA’s Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Institute”

“AHLA’s Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute”

“Lawrope Annual Conference”

“ABA Annual Conference, National Institute of Health Care Fraud”

“Law Enforcement and Attorney Training for Southern District of Florida”

“HCCA Annual Conference, Compliance Institute”

“Law Enforcement and Attorney Training for Middle District of Tennessee”

“Law Enforcement and Attorney Training for Northern District of California”

“NHCAA Annual Training Conference”

“Law Enforcement and Attorney Training for Middle District of Tennessee”

“National Advocacy Center, Health Care Fraud Training Seminar”

“Going on the Offensive with Combatting Fraud