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What are examples of everyday white collar crimes?

Just because white collar crime may occur every day does not mean that it is not serious and cannot result in serious penalties and consequences for accused individuals.

For anyone facing white collar criminal charges, accusations and allegations, it is important to be familiar with some common types of white collar crimes that can lead to potential trouble.

Heather Barbieri discusses Guyger case developments on WBAP Radio

On October 1, former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of the "mistaken apartment murder" that took the life of neighbor Botham Jean. This verdict came as something of a surprise to some who followed the trial, including our own Heather Barbieri of Barbieri Law Firm.

In a discussion on WBAP Radio's "Chris Salcedo Show," Barbieri and host Chris Salcedo stated that the prosecution "missed the mark" with not only their own witnesses but also in the cross-examination of the defense's first witness, Guyger. Failing to counter the defense's gains at every turn, Salcedo described the prosecutor himself as "cocky" and "dismissive" in his questioning of Guyger. Barbieri felt that the "snide comments" made by the prosecution actually made Guyger more sympathetic as a witness.

Insurance fraud basics

Insurance fraud can be a serious allegation for any accused individual that they should regard with concern and ensure they know who to respond to. Insurance fraud may be alleged in circumstances when an insured individual is accused of making a false or exaggerated insurance claim.

Insurance fraud involves seeking compensation for injuries, losses or other harm that was not actually suffered by the insured making the insurance claim. Deceptive acts that are intended to obtain an improper payment from an insurer that is not due to the insured is considered insurance fraud. Fraud crimes generally involve the use of deception to obtain a personal benefit. Everyday individuals, professionals and others can find themselves facing insurance fraud charges.

Heather Barbieri featured on CourtTV panel regarding Guyger trial

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On September 23, 2019, national attention fixed on Texas for the trial of Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer accused of the murder of civilian Botham Jean in what's being called the "mistaken apartment murder."

That evening, our own Heather Barbieri appeared on CourtTV to discuss how proceedings went on the first day of the trial for the station's "Who Had a Better Day" segment.

Barbieri Law Firm's Heather Barbieri, a Board-Certified Criminal Defense Specialist, felt the prosecution came out on top with a strong and emotional presentation of the victim, Botham Jean, eating a bowl of ice cream in his own apartment. She mentioned the accurate depiction of the shock he must have felt upon Guyger's unexpected entrance. The prosecution's detailed description of the apartment made it easy for the jury to picture themselves in the scenario and feel empathy for the victim, said Barbieri.

What to do when facing prescription drug charges

Prescription drug charges are serious criminal charges just like those for illegal drugs which are commonly thought of when drug charges are mentioned. Prescription drug charges can be equally serious and it is important to keep in mind that illegally possessing, selling and trafficking prescription drugs can result in serious criminal charges and penalties for accused individuals.

Prescription drug charges can apply to accusations of illegally possessing, selling or trafficking prescription drugs including Fentanyl, OxyContin, Morphine, Codeine, Demerol, Adderall and Vicodin. Prescription drug charges may apply to the illegal possession, sale or trafficking of other drugs as well. Prescription drug charges and other types of drug charges have the potential to significantly change and disrupt the accused individual's personal and professional lives which is why criminal defense options are so important.

Forgery charges carry significant penalties

In school, you may have tried to copy your parent's signature when you forgot to get something signed. Copying your parent's name on a report card or permission slip may pale in comparison to the charges you are now facing if authorities have accused you of fraud-related forgery.

Texas and federal laws impose harsh penalties on those convicted of this crime and its many facets. Understanding the law and learning how it applies to your case is your first step to building a strong defense strategy.

The different types of defenses available to accused individuals

There are a variety of different types of criminal defenses options available to accused individuals that can help them with the potential penalties and consequences they are facing related to criminal charges. There are different types of criminal defense strategies based on the situation and circumstances which is why accused individuals should be familiar with their criminal defense rights and the legal resources available to them.

Affirmative defenses are one type of criminal defense accused individuals may utilize. An affirmative defense provides an explanation for the actions the accused individual is being accused of. Examples of affirmative defenses include self-defense, defense of others, insanity, duress, entrapment and involuntary intoxication. Affirmative defenses depend on the specific situation and circumstances so it is helpful for accused individuals to know what the different options are if they think an affirmative defense can apply to them.

What is considered Medicare fraud?

The consequences of Medicare fraud are serious which is why anyone facing Medicare fraud charges should be familiar with what is considered Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud, as the name suggests, refers to a type of fraud and fraud crimes generally involve allegations of some use of deception for material gain. Accused individuals can face the weight of the criminal justice system and should understand the legal resources available to them.

Medicare fraud involves identity theft and can be alleged when an individual is accused of unlawfully gaining access to a Medicare number or other personal identifying information such as a Social Security number of birth date to gain access to Medicare benefits without the true beneficiary's knowledge or permission to do so. It can occur when a Medicare card is taken and fraudulently used.

Four men in Texas face healthcare fraud charges

Four men in Texas have been accused of healthcare fraud totaling $150 million. The four men have been charged with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering; aiding and abetting; obstruction of justice; and conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks.

The men are accused of bribing doctors to certify that their patients qualified for services when the patients did not actually qualify for those services. They are also accused of bribing the doctors to refer patients. It is also alleged that the men kept patients in hospice care for extended periods of time to drive up Medicare revenues. Two of the men managed a health care group, which was a collection of businesses owned by one of the other men. The fourth man worked as the medical director of the company's affiliates. The men have responded to the accusations by saying that the doctors were the ones who made the decisions that determined what type of care the patients received.

Legal protections for white collar crime charges

White collar crimes can be aggressively pursued by authorities in Texas, which is why accused individuals should know what they are up against when they are facing white collar criminal charges. Individuals accused of committing a white collar crime should know what the charges include and also be familiar with the criminal defense options available to protect them.

The criminal justice process can be intimidating but on the other hand, it is equally important for accused individuals to be aware that they also enjoy criminal defense rights as part of that process that can protect them throughout the process. The potential penalties associated with white collar criminal charges can be significant and may result in a criminal record which can impact the accused individual's professional and personal lives but may also result in a potential loss of freedom.

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