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January 2014 Archives

State education school board official faces fraud allegations

Besides the obvious blemish to reputation, criminal allegations can severely tarnish a person's professional career in Lake Charles, Louisiana and beyond. A person's legacy is compromised; accolades and achievements are disregarded. A Louisiana education board member is facing this scenario after being accused of public contract fraud and felony charges of theft.

"Octomom" faces felony charges after alleged welfare fraud

Many Louisiana residents have probably heard of Nadya Suleman. Popularly known as "Octomom" after giving birth to octuplets five years ago, Suleman has hit a rough patch recently. She is facing felony charges after allegedly committing welfare fraud.

Louisiana hospital fraud case results in plea deal

At times, even the best course of action can still result in some form of negative consequence. However, it might still be considered as the best possible option compared to receiving the full force of punishment. This logic may apply to three Louisiana men who agreed to a plea agreement after facing overwhelming health care fraud allegations.

Woman nabbed for selling narcotics to undercover police

The state of Louisiana imposes tough fines and penalties on people convicted of drug offenses. Drug crimes may range from misdemeanor drug possession to felony offenses like drug trafficking or drug distributing, which can lead to large fines and penalties upon conviction. A person facing drug charges, regardless of whether it is misdemeanor or felony, has to defend himself or herself in order to be acquitted of the charges.

Psychiatrist accused of submitting false Medicare claims

Louisiana residents may not know about the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, the government agency formed in March 2007, that leads federal investigation into Medicare fraud schemes. It has charged more than 1,700 people in nine cities who have submitted fraudulent Medicare billing totaling more than $5.5 billion. One of the recent alleged schemes uncovered involved a 56-year-old Texas doctor who has been charged in a multimillion-dollar federal Medicare fraud case involving several hospital administrators. The Houston psychiatrist was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud and four counts of health-care fraud.

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