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At least 400 medical professionals are arrested on fraud charges

United States Department of Justice (DOJ) officials released a press release on Thursday, July 13, 2017, announcing that a Medicare Fraud Strike Force had made as many as 400 arrests in the past few days across Southern California. As for the charges the defendants face, they range from illegally prescribing or distributing opioids to filing fradulent Medicare claims.

Will I really serve jail time for white collar crimes?

White collar crimes carry a strange reputation in America, where we routinely see those accused of such wrongdoing have their cases dismissed or the charges lead to no real lasting consequences. While that may occur from time to time, you should not assume that a white collar crime will only lead to a fine or a slap on the wrist. Recently, a man from West Covina received a sentence of seven years in prison for white collar charges stemming from an ongoing scam involving false invoices for fire equipment inspection.

What are considered white collar crimes and how they're punished

Crimes such as fraud, corruption, embezzlement, tax evasion and environmental law violations all fall under the umbrella of white collar crimes. This term was first used in 1939 by the then-head of the American Sociological Society in a speech.

Bakersfield attorney arrested for $22 million in insurance fraud

A Bakersfield attorney, several of his family members, and two area doctors have been arrested and charged with having conspired in defrauding health insurance companies out of $22 million. A press release issued by the Orange County District Attorney's on May 23, 2017, alleges that the defendants registered fake employees for insurance, but had these individuals take daily urine tests they could bill for.

Owner of rehab facilities accused of taking $176 million

A judge with Los Angeles Superior Court ruled that prosecutors presented enough evidence necessary to move forward in trying the case of insurance fraud it had brought against a 55-year-old man. The man stands accused of having stolen his clients' identities, using their information to purchase health insurance policies without their consent and then double billing the insurers for services not rendered.

Identity theft and its impact on rates of welfare fraud

Each year, applicants end up receiving government benefits they otherwise would not qualify for as a result of engaging in welfare fraud. Whether it be a result of either inadequate or inconsistent monitoring, lawmakers argue welfare fraud has reached pandemic status across the United States.

Attorney general signals tighter rule enforcement for businesses

The era of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is just getting underway, and it's still anyone's guess how that will truly affect the law of the land. Many of the headlines have referenced his stated focus on violent crime and tightening the immigration and deportation system, but that may not be all that Sessions has in mind. Recently, he spoke out about the need to reign in white collar crime as well.

Over 2 dozen are charged with an insurance fraud scheme in the OC

A statement released by the District Attorney's Office in Orange County, California, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, announced the arrest of a husband and wife and at least two dozen affiliated pharmacists and doctors. They were all taken into custody on suspicion of having conspired to have unnecessary diagnostic tests and treatments rendered only to bill their patients workers' compensation insurance for them.

Understanding what health care fraud is

When it comes to heath care fraud, it is thought to involve individuals who knowingly engage in deceptive practices with the goal of receiving unauthorized benefits. Health care providers found to have engaged in abuse or fraud can face administrative sanctions, civil, and even criminal penalties, under various state and federal laws.

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