William “Jay” Strauch
Jay Strauch joined Morgan Verkamp in September 2014 following a 35 year state and federal law enforcement career and his retirement from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). During his career at DCIS (25 years) and the Ohio Attorney General Office, Mr. Strauch specialized in white collar crime resulting in significant criminal and civil prosecutions of fraud schemes including defense procurement, health care, counter-proliferation/arms trafficking investigations, environmental crime and consumer frauds. Mr. Strauch has an extensive background in civil false claims investigations where his work has led to recognition by private and public organizations as the Health Care Fraud Investigator of the Year (National Health Care Fraud Anti-Fraud Association) and multiple awards for investigative excellence from the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency.
During his government career as a Special Agent and Program Manager, Mr. Strauch worked on and led multiple complex investigations in DCIS including the Anthrax Vaccine Investigation (Involving allegations pertaining to private and high ranking DoD personnel including a former Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff); and the Hunt Valve Investigation (a fraud investigation involving allegations impacting the U.S. submarine fleet).
During a five year assignment to the U.S. Attorney Health Care Fraud Task Force, Southern District of Ohio, Mr. Strauch conducted and led multiple investigations involving fraud by physicians, podiatrists, medical equipment providers, home health agencies, psychiatrists and other providers. These investigations led to multiple indictments, convictions and the recovery of over $175 million.
Mr. Strauch developed expertise in a wide range of DCIS priority investigations, working overt and covert investigations encompassing virtually every area of criminal conduct involving violations of U.S. law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Cases worked include product substitution (the fraudulent supply of defective and/or non-conforming items to DoD), fraud, bribery, larceny, embezzlement, collusion, conflict of interest, organized crime, financial fraud, terrorism and cyber related investigations. Mr. Strauch demonstrated deep knowledge in the effective deployment of investigative techniques including interviews/interrogations, asset forfeiture, money-laundering, surveillance, covert operations and the use/management of confidential informants. In recognition of his outstanding performance, Mr. Strauch has been awarded multiple DoD Inspector General service awards including the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the highest civilian award given to career Inspector General employees. He was also recognized as the DCIS Headquarters Agent of the Year in 2012 for his work as Program Manager in the Special Operations Directorate.
Mr. Strauch has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the Ohio State University (1978) and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science & Public Administration from Ohio University (1997). He was honored as the Ohio University Political Science Outstanding Scholar/Public Manager in May, 1997. He has always been extremely active in public speaking and law enforcement education.