During the last few years, our team at the Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A. has represented health care executives that the government had charged with committing federal crimes. The Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office, or those agencies working together, brought the cases. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, less than one percent (> 1%) of defendants elected to go to trial and were acquitted. More defendants were acquitted after a bench trial – that is one where the judge decides guilt. The government must agree to a bench trial, and it often refuses to do so. Despite those odds, our last three federal trials ended in two acquittals and a hung jury. In each case, our clients faced conspiracy, healthcare fraud, and money laundering charges.
The Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A. is an Orlando-based firm prepared to take on complex cases. Contact us at (407) 901-5852 today.
Achieving Favorable Results for Past Health Care Clients
Our first client, a former executive at a health care provider, retained us after he was arrested on charges that he conspired to commit healthcare fraud, taking kickbacks, and money laundering. After examining the evidence and talking to our client about what happened, we went to a jury trial that started on September 21st and ended on October 18th, when the jury returned not guilty verdicts on all charges against our client.
Our second client owned and operated a laboratory and hospitals and was charged with conspiracy to health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, and substantive money laundering offenses. We were retained to work as co-counsel with a lawyer in Atlanta. After learning about the client and reviewing the evidence, we started the first jury trial on May 9th and ended on June 27th, when the jury was unable to reach a verdict. The retrial started on February 21st and concluded on March 21st, when the jury returned not guilty verdicts on all charges against our client.
Working with an Attorney Can Make a Significant Difference
Previously, we discussed how the number of trials has decreased annually and what to look for when deciding on hiring a lawyer. It is imperative to retain counsel experienced in trials when facing criminal and civil investigations to navigate the perils you face.
Contact the Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A. immediately if you are under investigation in Orlando. Call (407) 901-5852 to request a free initial consultation with a criminal defense lawyer.