Hank Walther

Hank Bond Walther served as an assistant chief for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit in the Justice Department's criminal division fraud section. He left the section in January 2012 to join Jones Day in Washington, DC.

Walther was hired in January 2006 as a trial attorney in the fraud section. He became an assistant chief for the FCPA unit in November 2008, before moving on to become acting head of the healthcare fraud unit in March 2010. In September 2010, he became the permanent head of the healthcare fraud team, replacing Kirk Ogrosky, now a partner at Arnold & Porter.

During Ogrosky’s tenure, healthcare fraud had become a priority in the fraud section, and the team had more prosecutors than any other unit within the section. Walther came highly recommended for the job. Ogrosky at the time told Main Justice that Walther was "an outstanding pick."

"He not only understands the programme and what I was trying to do, but he also has the experience of being a prosecutor, actually trying these cases,” Ogrosky said.

As head of the healthcare fraud unit, Walther oversaw the prosecution of Medicare and Medicaid fraud. But he also played an important role in the FCPA unit, supervising the so-called FCPA pharmaceutical initiative, which targeted bribes paid by the industry to officials of foreign governments.

Walther was also the lead prosecutor on the FCPA “Africa sting” case, in which 22 defendants in the defence products industry were charged as the result of a first-of-its-kind undercover FBI operation. Walther sought to portray an aggressive, all-encompassing conspiracy that tied each of the defendants together, much to the consternation of the defence counsel. But ultimately, the DOJ's case fell apart and the charges were all dropped.

Prior to joining the Justice Department, Walther worked as an associate at DLA Piper. 

Walther earned his undergraduate degree from American University and his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

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