Sometimes, under the advice and guidance of an experienced criminal lawyer, a person accused of a crime chooses to plead guilty in court. In a recent white collar crime case in Florida, a woman has admitted guilt in participating in a health care scheme that is believed to have cost the government almost $3 million. The 50-year-old woman reportedly accepted a plea bargain and now faces time in prison and a fine.
The woman has admitted to accepting cash payments to process fraudulent Medicaid claims. She and another employee who reportedly also took part in the scheme worked for the Social Security Administration at the time. Other workers were also accused of accepting bribes to process false claims.
Another woman is said to have submitted the claims and paid the woman and her co-worker approximately $1,000 per month to process them. Authorities say that the scheme went on for almost two years. Those processing the claims would then alter them in order to increase the likelihood of their acceptance.
Anyone accused of a similar white collar crime in Florida is able to act under the guidance of an experienced legal advocate by consulting with him or her before proceeding to court. A criminal defense lawyer is able to speak and act on behalf of a defendant in court, thus perhaps improving the chances for obtaining a more positive outcome in a case. An attorney is also able to ensure that none of a defendant's rights have been violated during his or her arrest or during any interactions with law enforcement agents connected to the investigation.
Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Pines woman takes plea deal in Medicaid fraud case", Wayne K. Roustan, Sept. 17, 2015