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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…

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…

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,…

Two Texans Convicted in Separate Health Care Fraud Cases

February 18, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A San Angelo psychiatrist and a Denton nurse have been convicted of health care fraud in two separate cases. Dr. Robert Hadley Gross of San Angelo pleaded guilty to health care fraud and has been sentenced to six years in federal prison and ordered to repay…

Dallas County Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

January 29, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A 48-year-old Dallas County woman has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $887,809 in restitution following her guilty plea to one count of health care fraud. Brenda Ward of Cedar Hill, Texas, formerly president and CEO of H.E.L.P.-Ing Communities Inc.…

Houston Home-Health Agency Owners Charged in Medicare Fraud Conspiracy

December 01, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

The owners and managers of a Houston home-health agency have been charged with conspiracy to defraud Medicare, money laundering and paying illegal kickbacks in what the Department of Justice alleges was a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme. According to the indictment, the owners of the home-health…