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Steep fines and penalties for insurance fraud

A man in Gainesville is facing steep fines and penalties after he was found practicing chiropractic medicine without a license. After law enforcement learned of his operation, an investigation found proof that he had been committing insurance fraud and misleading patients for several years. Although he did not have a valid medical license, he billed insurance for services he rendered to his Texas clients. 

After his office was searched, he admitted to the crime, stating that he had attended school to be a chiropractor, but was unable to pass the test. Despite this, he believed that he was capable of providing medical services to patients. The grand jury indicted him, requiring him to pay more than $1 million in restitution. He also received 10 years probation.

Fraudulent claims against insurance is costly for both the companies and the consumers, and the authorities take this type of white collar crime very seriously. The penalties and consequences for conviction of insurance fraud differ on a case-by-case basis, but it is critical for a Texas resident facing these charges to confront them appropriately with the help of an attorney. In some cases, it may be possible to avoid time behind bars.

As this insurance fraud case illustrates, the consequences for white collar crimes are steep. It is not clear if this man had a defense lawyer, but he would have been wise to seek qualified assistance as soon as possible after questioning. With the right help, it may be possible to mitigate the severity of any potential penalties.

Source: kxii.com, "Unlicensed Gainesville chiropractor fined $1 million for insurance fraud", Sara Humphrey Posted, Jan. 5, 2017

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