October 5th, 2011
Lawrence Duran of the National Association for Behavioral Health–an obscure group with an address on Pennsylvania Avenue just blocks from the White House that has cultivated high-profile relationships with key lawmakers, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on top-notch lobbyists and even held fundraisers for candidates and incumbents friendly to its position on policy issues–was cited by the Justice Department on numerous charges.
Duran pleaded guilty earlier this year to 38 counts of health care fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. Duran was the pivotal figure in a long-running criminal scheme that bilked the Medicare program out of $87 million, but his efforts to influence Washington and play the lobbying game were only recently revealed in a slew of court documents released last month.
Read more about the case on Politico.