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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…

Bloomberg BNA Publishes Outlook for Health Care Fraud in 2016

April 28, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Bloomberg BNA has published its Outlook for Health Care Fraud for 2016, which includes information gathered from interviews with health care attorneys, trade association executives and health care consultants and recommendations on what health care providers can do to protect themselves. The report focuses on the…

Texas Home Health Care Agency Owner Sentenced to 10 Years for Medicare Fraud

April 26, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The owner of a Dallas area home health care agency has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $25 million in restitution for taking part in a $375 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern…

Co-Founder of Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas Found Guilty of Health Care Fraud

March 10, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Dr. Richard Toussaint, co-founder of the now-bankrupt Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas, has been found guilty on seven counts of health care fraud by a federal jury in Dallas, according to a news report. Toussaint, an anesthesiologist, was found guilty of submitting fake invoices in…

Two North Texas Men Indicted for $65M Health Care Fraud

March 01, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Two North Texas men -- Richard Robert Cesario, 44, of Plano and John Paul Cooper, 47, of Southlake -- are under felony indictment for allegations they engaged in a health care fraud conspiracy that cost military health system TRICARE more than $65 million in losses, according…

Two DFW Doctors and Four Others Charged with Medicare Fraud

February 26, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Two Dallas-area physicians and four other healthcare workers have been indicted for allegedly participating in a $13.4 million Medicare fraud scheme involving home health services, according to the FBI. The two doctors -- Dr. Angel Claudio, 60, of Hood County, Texas, and Dr. Kelly Robinett, 66,…