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Barrington Doctor Found Guilty of Medicare Fraud

September 11th, 2012 at 8:00 am

An investigation across the USA has discovered more than 90 people who have defrauded the Medicare system.  The total amount of falsified billings comes to be nearly $300 million dollars that could have been used for other people’s medical bills.  “The defendants charged in this takedown are accused of . . . jeopardizing the integrity of our health care system and our nation’s most critical health care program for personal gain,” Attorney General Eric Holder said during a news conference.

Dr. John Natale, a 62-year-old vascular surgeon was charged with two counts of making false statements, two counts of health care fraud and one count of mail fraud.  Natale is a surgeon who specialized in repairing abdominal aortic aneurysms, or the weakening of this artery.  These charges stemmed from six different surgeries during 2003 and 2004 when he allegedly falsified post-operation reports for his personal gain.  Dr. Natale prepared at least two reports which detailed fictitious surgeries or elaborated surgeries to be more complicated than they should be. These surgeries supposedly occurred while he was working at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

The jury of his peers did not find him guilty of all counts against him.  Out of all the charges, they only found him guilty of two counts of making false statements which were not the most serious counts of fraud.  The maximum sentence for those two counts would be five years in prison.  Luckily for Natale, the judge presiding over the case, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, only sentenced him to ten months in prison, a fine of $40,000 dollars and community service while being under supervision for a year.

White collar crimes usually include any type of fraud including mail fraud, credit card fraud, and in this case, health care fraud.  They often carry heavy fines and prison sentences and are investigated for a long time to compile enough evidence.  If you are being investigated for extortion, embezzlement, or other white collar crime, then it is important to have a lawyer who understands how to represent your rights.  Please contact an experienced white collar crime defense attorney in Arlington Heights today.

Illinois Police Discover Massive Auto Theft Ring

August 1st, 2012 at 12:00 pm

According to an article by the Chicago Tribune, authorities in Illinois reported on Monday July 30th that they broke up a large theft ring.  This ring was responsible for the theft of over 200 high end vehicles worth nearly $2.5 million.  The group targeted luxury cars such as Cadillacs, BMWs, Land Rovers and Mercedes, which they sold for a small percentage of their value on websites such as Craigslist.

A total of 21 people have been arrested to this point in time.  They live primarily on the South Side of Chicago and in the south suburbs and some are related to each other.  A ringleader of the group named Dominique Henley was convicted of identity theft, forgery, theft by deception and aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle.  He was sentenced to eight years in jail.  His father was also arrested but was only sentenced to serve 30 months of probation.

The thieves would dress up as transport workers to pick up new cars from dealerships in Cook, DuPage, Will and Lake Counties.  Often these robbers, some of whom were licensed to transport cars for dealerships, would load up a trailer with up to eight cars.   Another scam involved using a stolen social security number to buy a car on credit.  Then they would swap the vehicle identification numbers for the same make and model cars from Canada.  With that new information, they would draft the fraudulent documents necessary to transfer the title to Illinois.  The quality of paper used for the foreign titles is what initiated the 10 month investigation.

Authorities have noted that auto theft has become more and more sophisticated.  This ring involved not just the theft of vehicles but fraudulent activities such as identity theft, forgery and loan fraud.  As crimes are becoming more intricate, the laws and agencies that police them follow suit.  If you have been accused of white collar crimes or thefts of property, please contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Chicago today.

Chicago Man Charged with Forgery

March 12th, 2012 at 2:45 am

Forgery is just one of illegal actions known as white-collar crimes. In general, white collar crimes are based upon deceit (versus force or violence) and are usually conducted by professionals, businesspeople, government officials, and others not typically thought of as criminals.

Illinois law provides a detailed definition of forgery, but ultimately, the term describes an instance where someone unlawfully uses another person’s signature, or marks or alters a document (or knowingly delivers or possesses the document) with the intent to defraud. A forgery conviction in Illinois requires proof not only that the document was marked, altered, or signed by the individual in question, but that that person acted knowingly and with intent to defraud. Note that an individual can still be charged with forgery in Illinois if they intended to conduct a fraudulent act, regardless of whether or not the fraudulent act was successfully completed.

One Chicago man was recently charged with forgery after police say he wrote several forged checks in both Iowa and Illinois, apparently drawn from his dead uncle’s bank account. According to thehawkeye.com, District Court Judge Michael Schilling suspended a five-year prison sentence and instead placed the 22-year-old on probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine of more than $1,000.

Chicago forgeryAlthough they may not get the same level of publicity as violent crimes, forgery and other white collar crimes are taken very seriously in Illinois. Forgery is a Class 3 Felony in Illinois, and those convicted of forgery could face up to 7 years in prison. If you’re currently subject to a forgery investigation in Illinois, or if you’ve already been charged with a white collar crime, contact a top Chicago white collar crime defense attorney right away. Cook County white collar crime lawyer Christopher M. Cosley offers a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation.

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