Kick-Backs In Federal Cases In Los Angeles
More and more, prosecutors across the nation and in particular, Los Angeles, are prosecuting cases where kick-backs are being given. For example, in healthcare fraud and other activities where the federal government is involved and money is at play. Obviously, if someone is getting a kick-back, the feds believe there’s some illegal activity going on. You can’t – especially if somebody works for the federal government – they certainly can’t be taking a kick-back to give business to another party. That situation is rife with fraud and I’m sure the federal government loses millions of dollars every year based on these kick-back activities.
Another activity that we see prosecuted more and more is healthcare-related fraud where kick-backs are involved – where doctors are being given patients and kick-backs are being given to people who are providing those patients. There’s all sorts of different angles going on where kick-backs are involved. The truth of the matter is, any type of business across the country, there’s some form of a kick-back or another in order for the business to be given to somebody.
So, the bottom line is this – is it illegal? Is the activity legal? Is the activity promoting some sort of an illegal activity by way of a kick-back? First, you have to be able to prove if you’re the government that there is a kick-back being given. After that, you have to be able to show that whoever you want to charge with a kick-back activity is somebody who is actually receiving a kick-back, and then finally, they have to be able to prove that the kick-back somehow affects interstate commerce in some sort of an illegal manner.
That’s kind of where the rub is. What is illegal? What is not fair? And usually, they’re going to be targeting people who are basically manufacturing some sort of business involving the government and then getting some money from it. That’s where I’m seeing a lot of these kick-back cases are coming, especially in healthcare fraud situations.
So, if you’re charged with some sort of a federal case in Los Angeles, or anywhere in the United States for that matter, give us a call. We’ll sit down and talk about it and we’ll see really if your involvement is actually illegal or not, or if the federal government is overreaching – and I do see a lot of overreaching by the federal government in some of these kick-back cases. Other times, they’ve got it right on the money and obviously you have to take other maneuvers in order to do damage control, protect your reputation, protect your freedom, keep yourself out of federal prison, and that’s where a great criminal defense attorney comes along who really understands how these kick-back cases are dealt with and what can be done to defend them and what can be done to mitigate them.
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