Friday, December 26, 2008
Lawyer's Conviction Affirmed for Fen-Phen Settlement Fraud
Article in the Clarion Ledger -- Fen-Phen conviction upheld: Vicksburg lawyer bilked company out of $6.7M, by Jerry Mitchell. (H/t to Pharmalot.) Here's an excerpt:
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the conviction of Vicksburg lawyer Robert Arledge, convicted of bilking the drug company Wyeth of more than $6.7 million over the diet drug Fen-Phen.
"We find that there was sufficient evidence to support the jury's verdict as to all counts," the court wrote.
U.S. District Judge David Bramlette sentenced Arledge to six years in prison for knowingly allowing clients to make claims of about $250,000 each for health complications although they had no legitimate reason.
Arledge was the sole lawyer charged in the joint Internal Revenue Service-FBI investigation of fraudulent claims in a $400 million settlement fund and subsequent settlement funds involving the use of Fen-Phen - a prescription diet drug pulled from the market in 1997 after research revealed it could cause heart problems.