Tuesday, February 7, 2006
The health law white collar area has been booming these last few years, as many prosecutions have related to fraud in this industry. Just as one thinks that the government is moving in a different direction, more cases pop up. Sometimes the cases add a new dimension - like the use of the internet. Fraud Update here has links to two recent ones:
1. USA Chuck Rosenberg, Southern District of Texas reports a conviction here for:
"counterfeit labeling and false trademarks on pharmaceutical drugs. United States District Judge Ewing Werlein found [the accused] guilty after pleading guilty on Friday, February 3, 2006, to the federal charge. . . . The investigation leading to the August 2005 indictment of [the accused] began in the fall of 2004 when investigators of Eli Lilly and Company became aware that [the accused] was using the website address of bestonlineviagra.com to advertise and sell prescription drugs, including Cialis, at prices that led them to believe the drugs were either stolen or counterfeit."
2. R. Alexander Acosta, USA for the Southern District of Floirda reports an 84 count indictment that involves an alleged "multimillion dollar health care fraud scheme." (here)
" As set forth in the Indictment, between June 2001 and September 2005, the defendants conspired to commit health care fraud by submitting fraudulent prescription drug claims to more than one hundred private health insurance companies . . . for prescription medications that were either not prescribed, not requested, and/or not delivered to the patients named in the claims."
As seen in so many recent white collar cases, the government tacked on money laundering charges in this indictment.