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Defending people accused of fraud for more than 30 years

Not everyone accused of a white-collar crime is a criminal. Unfortunately, even honest professionals can be wrongfully accused of committing an offense, often because of circumstances beyond their control. Generally, white-collar crimes such as embezzlement, identity theft, pyramid schemes, money laundering, forgery and insider trading stem from illegal activities involving money. Just a single error on a financial document can lead to an allegation of fraud.

Common acts that can lead to federal health-care fraud charges

The health-care insurance system is intended to provide patients with the best possible medical treatment while guaranteeing that health-care providers who perform services get paid, whether in Louisiana or another state. Unfortunately, sometimes patients and health-care providers can face allegations of federal health care fraud if Medicare discrepancies occur. Patients and health-care providers should understand what sort of common behaviors and mistakes can lead to fraud charges and thus how to avoid them.

Police search for a man accused of felony count

Generally, felony charges carry stiffer fines and penalties compared with misdemeanor offenses. When someone faces felony charges, this can mean that that person is being accused of criminal offenses that go against the moral turpitude of the community. In Louisiana, criminal offenses such as murder, rape, assault and drug charges often fall into the felony category. Anyone who is facing these kinds of charges should explore their legal options in order to avoid severe consequences that follow a conviction.

How medical professionals can avoid prescription drug charges

Prescription drugs are commonly abused in the country nowadays, including in Louisiana. To combat this problem, which often ends up killing abusers, laws governing the proper dispensing of prescription drugs such as painkillers have been enacted. Congress has passed a variety of laws that physicians and pharmacists must follow, and the Drug Enforcement Administration is charged with enforcing those laws by keeping prescription drugs out of the hands of people who do not have prescriptions for them. Health-care professionals who prescribe or dispense such controlled substances should make sure they understand and follow current laws to avoid getting charged with prescription drug offenses.

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