On Dec. 24, authorities reported that officials charged a former California physician in connection with a scheme involving prescriptions drugs and Medicare fraud. Authorities stated that the man faces charges of fraud and drug distribution.
Authorities claimed that the physician, 71, prescribed fentanyl and other potent pain medications to a woman involved in the scheme. The woman, who is also facing charges in association with the alleged fraud, would then seek reimbursement from the government for the cost of the drugs, officials allege. Purportedly, she managed to secure approximately $1.3 million from Medicare during a four-year period.
The doctor reportedly wrote prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone for other patients as well. Authorities reported that the doctor lost his license approximately three years ago after the California Medical Board claimed that he was writing prescriptions after his license had been suspended. It was not clear if prescribing narcotics had anything to do with the doctor's original license suspension.
People charged with fraud face a considerable prison sentence, years of probation and expensive fines if convicted. They may also be responsible for paying restitution to the parties they defrauded. However, fraud cases are not easy to prove, and criminal defense attorneys who possess the skills and wherewithal that come with experience may employ several arguments that cast enough reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case to absolve the accused individual of the fraud charges. The evidence necessary to substantiate the accusation that an individual misrepresented facts for personal or financial gain is difficult to solidify and may crumble under the scrutiny of a defense lawyer, to the accused individual's benefit. Source: Findlaw, "Fraud," Dec. 27, 2014
Source: The Fresno Bee, "Former Napa doctor indicted on fraud, drug charges", December 24, 2014