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Medical fraud case underscores prosecutorial zeal

Many media commentators routinely stress the high-profile nature of fraud investigations involving alleged illegalities regarding Medicare and Medicaid billings.

Indeed, what those writers often note seems well borne out by recurrent stories featuring state and federal regulators' accusations of health care fraud committed by providers.

Former US Prosecutor: Texas Grand Jury Reform Bills Promote Fairness

A Democrat and Republican have introduced legislation that would reform Texas grand juries and require prosecutors to share evidence that could help defendants. State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, a Democrat from Houston, and Lakeway Sen. Dawn Buckingham, a Republican, have filed similar bills in the House and Senate that they say would lead to fairer treatment of those accused of crimes.

Embezzlement: What is it, and why do you need an attorney?

Although some people might reasonably argue that the term "embezzlement" is merely a fancy way of expressing "theft," there is actually a bit more to it than that.

When law enforcers, attorneys and courts in Texas and elsewhere bring up the term, they are using it to denote illegal conduct regarding financially related wrongdoing. The theft that occurs involves money. Moreover, and as pointed out in one online review of the subject, embezzlement "is essentially financial fraud by an employee."

Anomaly, yes, but reality, too: the enigma of false confessions

You did it. You know you did it and, moreover, you're aware that we know you did it. You failed a polygraph test (so we say, but that's not actually true). We have witnesses willing to offer testimony against you (well, maybe we don't, but you can't know that).

Now, maybe you had a justifiable reason for committing the crime you did, and we might be able to empathize with that and see if we can mitigate any downside consequences. Why don't you just concede to wrongdoing and let us see if we can somehow help you? Because, if you don't ... .

Focus on white collar crime: unique aspects in every case

A news report referencing a seemingly understated event taking place tomorrow in a college lecture hall far from Texas might seem to be testing the bounds of relevancy for its appearance in the criminal defense blog of a Houston-based law firm.

At Hilder & Associates, P.C., though, we submit that the topical focus of that report is equally relevant in all corners of the country, and certainly in Texas, where its subject matter might reasonably be expected to resonate with a sizable audience.

Environmental Texas, Sierra Club sue Pasadena Refining System, Inc. over air pollution

On March 2, 2015, firm client, Sierra Club and Environment Texas filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Pasadena Refining System, Inc. (PRSI) for thousands of persistent violations of the federal Clean Air Act at its Pasadena, Texas, refinery, which is located just east of Houston. PRSI is owned by the state-controlled oil company of Brazil, Petrobras.

Defending against insurance fraud charges

Imagine that you have been in a car accident. You were not seriously injured and the damage to your car was minor. You exchange information with the driver that caused the accident and you call his insurance company. Since the wreck was very obviously the other driver's fault, his insurance immediately offers to pay for the damages and schedules an adjuster to come look at your car.

When the adjuster arrives, he makes a full inspection of the condition of your vehicle and makes his report. He included damage your car had already sustained in anther fender bender. This was the perfect opportunity for you to get your entire car fixed at no cost. Unfortunately, you have now committed insurance fraud by submitting a false claim.

5th Circuit Declares First Amendment Right To Take Video of Police

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the right to videotape the police is protected under the First Amendment. In this case, the Fort Worth police handcuffed and detained Phillip Driver in 2015 for taking video of the police station from the public sidewalk.

White collar crime focus: wrongdoing in generic drug field

Many criminal law commentators, including Hilder & Associates, P.C., have duly noted the sharpened scrutiny of state and federal authorities in recent years on white collar crime activities across myriad fields.

One of those realms is most decidedly the health care sphere, given the sheer size and scope that marks that terrain.

Plea deal reached in investment adviser's embezzlement case

The term "financial crimes" is an umbrella-type designation applied to a wide spectrum of alleged illegal activity primarily marked by allegations of stealing by a well-placed individual with inside resources or information.

Embezzlement is a crime that is often spotlighted as a representative activity in the realm of financial wrongdoing.

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If you or your company is under investigation, charged or indicted for federal or state crimes, or you want to ensure future compliance, contact Hilder & Associates, P.C., for more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced Houston white collar criminal defense lawyer.

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