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Mr. Hedges is an experienced trial attorney having successfully tried ten federal criminal cases and argued six federal appeals. Mr. Hedges also has significant experience…

Mr. Hedges is an experienced trial attorney having successfully tried ten federal criminal cases and argued six federal appeals. Mr. Hedges also has significant experience leading complex investigations of individuals and corporations suspected of white collar crimes such as health care fraud; investment, securities and commodities fraud; mail and wire fraud; money laundering; and tax crimes including violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, among other federal statutes.

Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. Hedges served for seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago investigating and prosecuting a broad array of complex financial crimes, receiving numerous commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and other agencies for his work. During his tenure, Mr. Hedges prosecuted some of the largest and most complex health care fraud cases recently charged in the Northern District of Illinois, including the investigation and indictment of 11 administrators and doctors at the former Sacred Heart Hospital, which culminated in 2015 with a seven-week jury trial and guilty verdicts against the hospital’s owner and CEO and two other top administrators. In 2015, the Sacred Heart Hospital prosecution received the prestigious Investigations Award for Excellence from the Council for the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) after nomination by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG).

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