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Health care fraud and the Anti-Kickback Statute

As a medical professional, such as a doctor or nurse, you're familiar with what you are and are not permitted to do in regard to how you treat patients. However, when it comes to billing standards, such as how to bill an insurance company or Medicare, you may not have nearly as much knowledge of what's required of you.

Health care fraud is a serious crime that can result in severe penalties that can alter your life.

What’s the best assault defense strategy?

Any type of criminal charge associated with assault has the potential to impact your life in many ways, such as a restraining order from the victim or a prison sentence.

The way you defend yourself against charges of assault and battery depends largely on the circumstances of your case. Here are some of the defense strategies to consider:

  • Self-defense: It's the most common defense used in assault cases, and is exactly what it sounds like. You must prove to the court that there was a threat of harm or unlawful force against you and that you had no choice but to use physical violence to protect yourself.
  • Defense of others: Similar to a self-defense strategy, you must prove that your violence was necessary to defend another individual, such as a spouse or child.
  • Defense of property: This comes into play if you can claim that you acted in defense of property that was illegally withheld or stolen. For example, if someone enters your home without permission and attempts to steal from you, it may be necessary to fight back in order to protect your property.
  • Consent: It's not nearly as common as other assault defense strategies, but if the other individual voluntarily consented to the violence, it should not result in criminal charges.

Lying on a loan application is never a good idea

Maybe you're buying a home or car. Or maybe you're interested in securing a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Regardless of the type of loan you're applying for, your lending institution will ask you to complete an application and provide valid information.

You wouldn't be applying for a loan if you didn't want to receive an approval. For this reason, you may get the idea to stretch the truth or tell "little white lies" to improve your chance of receiving good news.

Can a tax audit result in criminal charges?

The last thing you want to receive in the mail is a tax audit notice from the IRS. Even if you've done nothing wrong, you're likely to have concerns about what the IRS could dig up and if it will lead to additional trouble.

While not always the case, it's possible for a tax audit to result in criminal charges. For this reason, it's critical to understand the process the IRS uses to select tax returns for an audit, as well as the steps you can take to protect your legal rights.

What is federal program bribery?

The fallout from the college admissions scandal is continuing. So far, over 50 wealthy, famous, and/or successful parents have been charged with federal crimes including conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy fraud and wire fraud. They're accused of engaging in cheating, misrepresentation and other illegal activity to get their kids accepted at various colleges and universities across the country.

This month, almost a dozen of the parents who haven't opted for plea deals found themselves facing bribery charges as well. Specifically, they were charged with conspiracy to commit federal program bribery.

Understanding what puts you at risk of white-collar crime

When people hear the term "criminal," they often think of rough individuals who have been involved in noticeable illegal activities. However, even you can be at risk of becoming involved in crime even if you are a professional business person. At Bulloch, Fly, Hornsby & Evans PLLC, we are committed to helping convicted white-collar criminals in Tennessee to defend their case. 

White-collar crime can have many negative benefits for you and can impact your life for years to come. If you are found guilty of participating in criminal activity in a professional environment, you may be required to serve multiple legal consequences including fines and jail time. Depending on the consequences you face, you may be at risk of losing your job completely or suffering a significant blow to your reputation and the trust that others have placed in you. 

What constitutes bank fraud?

Bank fraud is a common type of crime in Tennessee, and it can take many forms. In general, this type of fraud consists of the use of illegal means to obtain money and other assets by fraudulently posing as a financial institution.

The Office of the Controller of the Currency discusses some examples of bank fraud. Some victims may receive contact from a bank that is fictitious or from an unlicensed bank that is operating in an unauthorized way. There is also high yield investment fraud, in which promotors trade financial instruments that do not exist in reality. Cashier's check fraud is another common way scammers take other people's money. This occurs when a fraudster sends a fake cashier's check and asks the receiver to wire money back. Once the bank realizes the check is not real, the deposit is taken out of the account, and the victim is also out the wired money.

Law enforcement getting tougher on drugs

There are many reasons law enforcement and the general public stand against drug use and the illicit drug trade in Tennessee. Not only has drug overdose remained a serious epidemic in America for decades, but violent crimes are often associated with the illicit drug trade. For these and other reasons, the federal government began to focus its efforts on the drug trade from as early as the 1980s.

An article published by PBS states that the Democrats in Congress decided to get tough on drugs following the overdose of an athlete in an attempt to “outflank Republicans.” This led to reinstating minimum sentences in 1986, despite this being removed after careful consideration in 1970. Minimum sentences ranged from five to 10 years served in prison for drug crime convictions.

Embezzlement is not always easy to identify

There are many kinds of fraud that can occur in the business world, and all of them are typically more complex than they seem at first glance. Embezzlement is one of the most commonly misunderstood forms of fraud, which can quickly lead to unfair allegations. If you face accusations of embezzlement, it is crucial to understand the circumstances that surround these allegations and the regulations that apply to you.

In many instances, legal transactions may look like embezzlement to someone with incomplete information or a misunderstanding of the complicated rules and regulations that govern business practices. Before you take actions that may harm your personal and professional life, it is wise to build a strong legal strategy to keep your rights secure.

What are the consequences of white-collar crime?

If you have become involved in corrupt behavior at your employer in Tennessee and are concerned about being convicted of white-collar crime, you may be wondering how your decisions could ultimately affect your life. Crimes of this caliber can be concerning because of how many people they can affect. Understanding how your decision to act questionably in the workplace could potentially affect other areas of your life may encourage you to make amends as quickly as possible. 

According to newswire.net, perhaps the most obvious entity that will be impacted by your decisions is the company you work for. Outside of this, people who work with the company you work for are also affected. These people may include clients, partnering businesses, investors and stockholders. Depending on the severity of the white-collar crime, the company you work for could face an uphill battle to regain the trust of these individuals and to rebuild their rapport as a business that can be trusted. 

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