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What offenses qualify as federal health-care fraud?

Defrauding a health-care system such as Medicare is a serious federal crime everywhere in the United States, including Louisiana. Every month it seems federal health care fraud cases involving health-care professionals make the news. It is important to note that physicians, surgeons, dentists and pharmacists are not the only ones who can face federal charges. If they have violated any law governing federal health-care coverage, consumers can also face charges.

Ex-police chief pleads not guilty to series of felony charges

Whether filed at the federal or state level, felony charges are allegations that someone has committed serious offenses and that conviction can lead to serious fines and penalties such as time in federal or state prison. Louisiana residents certainly hope that no one is exempt from being charged with a felony if the evidence gathered by legal authorities warrants the charge.

Which marijuana laws and penalties apply in Louisiana?

Louisiana is one of the many states that still prohibits the possession or distribution of marijuana, also known as cannabis. Readers need to understand that if they get caught carrying marijuana, they may face various drug charges that depend on the quantity of the prohibited substance. Local residents should also note that each offense comes with a unique set of penalties, such as a mandatory minimum sentence. Subsequent offenses can result in increased fines and penalties for the accused person.

The basics of Medicare fraud in Louisiana

Some criminal offenses are prosecuted in state courts while others are considered more serious and are prosecuted in federal courts. Most Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, readers understand that federal crimes are more serious than state-level misdemeanors. Federal criminal offenses may carry more lengthy prison sentences, large fines and other penalties. One type of fraud that can make headlines is Medicare fraud - but what exactly does that mean?

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