Defense and Closing
It was a relief to be home with the stress of the trial behind me. Yet when asked about it, I found it cathartic to rehash the gauntlet of cross-examination I'd endured. My family and co-workers were interested in what it was like to testify in federal court. Before long, though, things returned to normal at work, and with the help of my colleagues, I was able to focus on developing new healthcare fraud cases at United Government Services.
At home, baseball was the primary topic of conversation around our dinner table. Alex's Little League team was still undefeated.
Stephen Meagher reported to me on how the trial was progressing. He said that Larry Bomar had been an excellent witness for the prosecution. His testimony was consistent with mine. Meagher said that Bomar also testified about the June 1995 meeting with Bonnie Reid to discuss the Fawcett interest issue. AUSA Kathleen Haley asked if he remembered what occurred at that meeting.
“Was some decision made with respect to disclosing this issue to the intermediary?” Haley asked.
“Yes,” Bomar said. “Bonnie Reid made the determination not to disclose it, to file the '94 as the previous several years.”
“Did you agree with that determination?” Haley asked, to which Bomar replied, “No, I did not.” Bomar explained that the proper course of action would have been to disclose the error to the intermediary.
While Bomar and I were only two of the forty witnesses called by the government, our testimony had most severely damaged the defense. “If