Robin P. Pendergraft
Senior Deputy Attorney General
NC DOJ Medicaid Investigations Division
Law Clerk to the Honorable J. William Copeland, Associate Justice, NC Supreme Court 1983-1984
As Research Assistant, I provided legal support to Associate Justice Copeland by conducting legal research and preparing draft orders in response to various motions and petitions filed with the Court, summary briefs of cases to be argued before the Court and draft opinions for review by the justices.
Assistant District Attorney, 14th Prosecutorial District, Durham, NC for the Honorable Ronald L. Stephens 1984-1987
As Assistant District Attorney, I prosecuted criminal matters brought before District and Superior courts in the 14th District. I worked closely with law enforcement officers, victims of crimes, witnesses and other court officials to prepare cases for trial, plea or other resolution. My assigned cases ranged from traffic and misdemeanor offenses to violent crimes. This position required knowledge of criminal laws and procedures, constitutional law, rules of evidence and appellate procedures. This position further required the ability to try cases and manage a case load.
Assistant Attorney General, NC Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Liaison Section 1987-1992
As Assistant Attorney General, I provided legal assistance and technical support to state and local law enforcement agencies and officers through verbal and written exchanges. I served as legal counsel to the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, the NC Company Police Program, the State ABC Board and the Division of Criminal Information of the State Bureau of Investigation, which included representing these entities at meetings, mediations and in litigation. I represented the State in numerous criminal appeals in state and federal courts by preparing responses to motions, writing criminal briefs and appearing before the courts for oral arguments. Additionally I drafted proposed administrative rules and statutory modifications. When necessary I researched and drafted advisory opinions in my areas of expertise, primarily the criminal justice laws and procedures.
Special Deputy Attorney General, NC DOJ Law Enforcement Liaison Section 1992-2001
As Special Deputy I supervised the legal and support staff assigned to the law enforcement liaison section, managed case assignments and provided direction and policy guidance for the section, clients and the Attorney General’s Office. I provided legal assistance and technical support to state and local law enforcement agencies and officers throughout the State. I served as legal counsel to several commissions, boards and agencies to include representing these entities at meetings, mediations and in litigation. I represented the State in numerous criminal appeals in state and federal court as well as drafted proposed administrative rules and statutory modifications. When necessary I researched and drafted advisory opinions in my areas of expertise, primarily the criminal justice laws and procedures. My duties included appearing on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office before legislative bodies, administrative agencies, courts and various groups and associations.
Director, NC State Bureau of Investigation, 2001-2010
As Director of the NC State Bureau of Investigation, I served in a sworn capacity as the chief executive officer for NC’s criminal investigative law enforcement agency. I was responsible for the direction and supervision of over 700 agents, criminal analysts, laboratory analysts, technicians and support staff.
The Bureau possesses statewide jurisdiction and provides assistance to state, local and federal law enforcement officers, district attorneys, and judges when requested. As Director I served as a liaison between the SBI and the many outside agency heads with whom we worked, especially in criminal matters of major importance.
Senior Deputy Attorney General, NC DOJ Medicaid Investigations Division 2010-Present
As Senior Deputy of the Medicaid Investigations Division, I was responsible for general supervision of all legal and investigative services and responsibilities of the Division which included the statewide investigation and litigation (or referral for prosecution) of violations of state laws pertaining to fraud in the administration of the Medicaid program; fraud committed by providers of medical assistance under the State Medicaid plan; abuse or neglect of patients in healthcare facilities receiving Medicaid assistance; and embezzlement of private patients funds in Medicaid funded facilities. The responsibilities of the position also include coordination of legal and administrative activities of the Division with the assistance of the Director and a staff of more than fifty attorneys, investigators, auditors and support staff. I worked directly with the Attorney General, Chief Deputy, General Counsel and other senior staff to formulate policies and implement initiatives as necessary to maintain the high standards of the Division and comply with Federal laws, rules and regulations. This position required that I represent the Attorney General before legislative bodies, administrative agencies and courts as necessary to provide information and advocate for program and policy initiatives. Supervisory responsibilities of the Senior Deputy also include case monitoring, staff performance, reviewing opinions and pleadings, and providing policy guidance to the Director and other staff members.