Fifteen Los Angeles area chiropractors face charges in an insurance fraud scheme. Some participants may also face charges of embezzlement. According to investigators, a Studio City chiropractor referred auto accident patients to the doctors in exchange for a referral fee.
During the three-year period, the lead defendant collected more than $6M from referral fees. In addition, investigators say that he also embezzled more than $500,000 from more than two dozen insurance companies. He also faces charges for filing false tax returns and money laundering. According to prosecutors, he faces a sentence of nearly 19 years in prison if convicted.
Authorities have arrested most of the participating chiropractors. Prosecutors allege that the defendants billed insurance companies for services they never provided. Additionally, prosecutors are seeking significant bail amounts for those charged. Prosecutors will also ask for sentences of at least 10 years following any co-conspirator convictions.
Los Angeles fraud attorney
When you face charges for fraudulent activities, hire an experienced criminal fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. In that time, he has provided excellent defense for thousands of Californians.
Facing a felony conviction can be frightening. In this case, the prosecutor is aggressively seeking long prison sentences, high bail and significant restitution. Reasonable bail is a Constitutional right. It allows someone who is accused to maintain the semblance of a normal life while awaiting trial. It is only meant to guarantee a defendant’s return to court. It is not meant to punish someone who hasn’t even been tried yet. Excessive bail can negatively impact a person’s finances and their standing in the community. Additionally, a fraud conviction could mean the loss of professional credentials and financial ruin.
An aggressive, experienced attorney will fight for your rights before, during and after trial. By demonstrating that you should receive a reasonable bail, your attorney can help you avoid pre-trial detention. This will enable you to continue working, and prepare your defense.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t stand up to overly aggressive prosecutors. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County fraud case.
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