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Health Care Fraud Criminal Defense

Federal authorities recently announced that roughly 300 people in more than half the states have been charged in the largest crackdown to date on health care fraud.  Those arrested accounted for more than $900 million in false billings to Medicare and Medicaid.  Among those arrested were 60 licensed medical professionals, including 30 doctors.  The billings were for treatments or services deemed medically unnecessary — or for services that were never provided at all, including home care, medical equipment, and phony prescriptions. Offenses Charged in Health Care Fraud Schemes Individuals in these cases are typically charged with various health care fraud-related crimes. These include conspiracy to commit health care fraud, violations of the anti-kickback statutes, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.  The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes involving various medical treatments and services, including home health care, psychotherapy, physical and occupational therapy, durable medical equipment (DME) and prescription drugs.  In this specific case, more than 60 of the defendants arrested were charged with fraud related to the Medicare prescription drug benefit program known as Part D, the fastest-growing component of the Medicare program overall. Typical Schemes Allegedly Used Defendants in these cases are typically alleged to have participated in schemes to submit claims to Medicare and Medicaid for treatments that were medically unnecessary and often never provided.  In many cases, patient recruiters, Medicare beneficiaries and other co-conspirators are allegedly paid cash kickbacks in return for supplying beneficiary information to providers.  The providers will then, in turn, allegedly submit fraudulent bills to Medicare for services that are considered medically unnecessary or never performed. The Gov’t Has a Medicare...

Brent Mayr Convinces Grand Jury to Toss Out Vehicular Manslaughter Charges; Client Now Going After GM

It has been a long, traumatic road for Zachary Stevens and his family. With the help of Brent Mayr, however, not only is he on the road to freedom, he also stands to hold the real party responsible for his tragic story accountable. On November 15, 2011, around 4:30 in the afternoon, Zachary Stevens left his home in a neighborhood right off of FM 1485, a couple of miles east of US-59 in New Caney. Severe weather and rain showers had just moved through the area and the roadways were still very wet. Zach was traveling westbound on the two lane highway with a number of cars ahead of him following each other fairly close. All of a sudden, Zach recalled one of the vehicles applying their brakes. The rest of it was a blur to him. According to witnesses, he swerved onto the shoulder to avoid colliding with the slower vehicles, passing them on the shoulder. Once past the vehicles, Zach was able to maneuver his car back into the westbound lane of travel. The wet roads, however, proved to be too treacherous. The tires of his vehicle lost their traction and Zach’s car began to hydroplane. It would “yaw” from the westbound lane into the oncoming traffic in the eastbound lane. Traveling in the opposite direction in a Nissan Frontier pickup truck was Mariano Landaverde. He was not wearing his seat belt. He tried to take evasive action but was unable to avoid the nearly head-on collision. Although his vehicle was equipped with one, his airbag failed to deploy. Between that and his failure to wear a...

Does it help to have your prosecution experience with drug crime cases? | Houston Drug Crime Attorney

I Know Both Sides of the Law As a former prosecutor, I know the methods law enforcement will employ to gather evidence against individuals in a drug crime investigation. By having that knowledge, I can help individuals take steps to protect themselves. Even if you are eventually charged with a drug crime, I know what steps will be taken during the trial and therefore use that knowledge to my client’s advantage. An Experienced Drug Crime Attorney Can Help Protect You If you are charged with a drug crime, an experienced Houston drug crime attorney can help protect your rights. Attorney Brent Mayr’s experience as a former prosecutor allows him to know both sides of the law and therefore defend your case better. Call Brent Mayr today at 713-808-9613 for a free initial consultation.   Transcription Brent Mayr: As a former prosecutor, you know what law enforcement is typically going to be doing. You know the types of individuals they’re going to be working with. You’re going to know the methods that they employ to try to gather evidence, to get search warrants, things of that nature. By having that knowledge of how things work, I can help individuals take steps to protect themselves and even after the fact if a person has been caught, arrested and charged. I’m going to know that, “Hey, this is the way it’s supposed to be done because I’ve been in their shoes before and it wasn’t done in this case.” Therefore, I can use that to the client’s...

What are some common misconceptions people have about their vehicle accident? | Houston Criminal Defense Attorney

Don’t Fall Into a False Sense of Security Just because you are not immediately arrested, does not mean you will not face any consequences after a vehicular crime. Law enforcement will gather evidence against you before making an arrest. Another misconception is that whatever you tell your insurance company about the accident will not be used against you. Law enforcement frequently uses statements made to an insurance company to prosecute the individual. Call An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney If you are involved in a vehicle accident, you need to be contact an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney who can help protect your rights. Attorney Brent Mayr will work tirelessly to represent your best interests in court. Call Brent Mayr today at 713-808-9613 for a free initial consultation.   Transcription Brent Mayr: A lot of times a person thinks, “Well, just because I’m not being led away in handcuffs that night, then I’m perfectly in the clear and don’t face any criminal consequences. I can just wait and see what happens.” That certainly can’t be the case. Law enforcement investigates these accidents like they investigate a murder. If they know that they need to gather evidence and take steps to build a case against an individual before they charge them, they’re going to do that even on something as simple a motor vehicle accident. Another misconception is that, “My insurance company is going to protect me. What I tell my insurance company is not going to be used against me.” Law enforcement is more and more often using what an individual says to their insurance company to prosecute them. That’s...

What is your approach to white collar crime cases? | Houston Criminal Defense Attorney

Knowing the Case is Critical I’ve represented individuals charged with a variety of white collar crimes, ranging from conspiracy to fraud. It is critical to learn as much about the case as possible when representing someone who is charged with a white collar crime. Often, law enforcement investigates an individual and builds a case before making an arrest. This is why an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney is critical to your case. You need an attorney who will “get his hands dirty” combing through evidence to protect you. Hire an Attorney Who Will Fight for You Attorney Brent Mayr’s experience as a prosecutor means he knows what law enforcement will do to collect evidence in a white collar crime investigation. He can help protect your rights. Call Brent Mayr today at 713-808-9613 for a free initial consultation.   Transcription Brent Mayr: I have represented individuals charged with a variety of white-collar crimes, including conspiracy type offenses, wire fraud offenses and just general theft, mail fraud offenses. The biggest difficulty with those white-collar crime cases is really playing catch-up, trying to learn as much about, what is taking place in a shorter period of time is critical, when representing any sort of individual or company that is charged with a white-collar offense. The government again has been probably, usually has been looking at someone for a long time and you need someone that’s going to really be able to get their hands dirty going through lot of documents, talking with a lot of witnesses to find out as much as possible, so that I can properly represent the...

What types of drug cases do you handle? | Houston Drug Crime Attorney

Experience in Both State and Federal Court I represent individuals charged with simple possession all the way up to more serious offenses such different types of narcotic possession. Simple possession offenses are usually handled in state court. A Houston drug crime attorney must be familiar with state law and procedures to handle such a case. The federal court will handle more serious offenses, such as conspiracy to distribute or manufacturer drugs, or possession of large quantities of drugs. A Knowledgeable Drug Crime Attorney Attorney Brent Mayr has defended drug crime cases both in state and federal court, and he can help you with your drug crime case. Call Brent Mayr today at 713-808-9613 for a free initial consultation.   Transcription Brent Mayr: When it comes to drug crimes you can have offenses, where I represent individuals charged with simple possession all the way up to distribution of different types of narcotics offenses. Simple possession offenses are normally going to be handled in state court and require an extensive knowledge of state criminal law and its procedures. Federal law is going to involve a much larger scale type of drug cases, conspiracy to distribute drugs, conspiracies to manufacture drugs, possession of large quantities of drugs are going to be dealt with in federal court and again requires an entirely separate knowledge of federal law and criminal procedure in regard to those types of offenses. I have represented individuals with charge all across the spectrum, state and federal courts, simple possession to large scale drug distribution...

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Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Brent Mayr of the Law Office of Brent Mayr, P.C. is located in Houston, Texas. Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Brent Mayr of the Law Office of Brent Mayr, P.C. represents clients throughout Texas. He can represent you if you have been arrested in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso, Lubbock, Amarillo, Waco, Galveston, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Midland, Odessa, Harris County, Ft. Bend County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Montgomery County, Waller County, or any other city or county in the State of Texas.