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Bakersfield.com: Carter’s Ortega Pharmacy Owner Found Not Guilty of All Charges in United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
Greg Carter, the owner of Carter’s Ortega Pharmacy, has been found not guilty of all charges by a jury in a federal health care fraud court case in Jacksonville, Florida.
The health care fraud investigation commenced in 2015 when Mr. Carter proactively contacted law enforcement authorities to inform them of concerns he had regarding questionable practices that had recently been brought to his attention, which eventually led to Mr. Carter becoming a part of a criminal investigation despite him initiating the report to the authorities.
The Federal Lawyer: Defending the Innocent Client Against Federal Regulatory Agency Lawsuits That Impose Receiverships
Congress has granted several regulatory entities the authority to file a sealed lawsuit and move the court, ex parte and in camera, to impose a receivership over a defendant's assets before the complaint can even be challenged. The purpose of this article is to discuss how to challenge a federal regulatory agency seeking a preliminary injunction, when appropriate, and factors to consider when determining whether to file a motion to dismiss a complaint.
Published on 24-7PressRelease: Mark Horwitz and Vince Citro Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® List
The Law Offices of Horwitz Citro, P.A. is pleased to announce that Mark Horwitz and Vince Citro are recognized in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Mark Horwitz and Vince Citro have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 in the fields of Criminal Defense: General Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar. Mark Horwitz and Vince Citro have more than 45 years of combined experience handling criminal defense cases in not only Orlando and throughout Florida, but also across the United States.
Published on Law360: Feds Say Atty Exploited Rural Hospitals To Cover $1.4B Fraud
A Florida attorney and nine other people were charged with a $1.4 billion scheme to bill insurers artificially high rates for drug tests by claiming the tests were run by rural hospitals in Florida, Georgia and Missouri, according to a federal indictment made public. Prosecutors say attorney Aaron Durall, medical billing company owner Jorge Perez, hospital management company owner Seth Guterman, lab owner Christian Fletcher and others worked together to find and take over ailing rural hospitals in 2015 and 2016.
Steve Sadow and Vince Citro, counsel for Christian Fletcher, released a statement Monday saying their client is innocent and "will mount an aggressive defense." "Christian and his business entities will continue to provide outstanding health care services to patients during the pendency of the case," they said. "Christian looks forward to clearing his name."
Attorney Mark Horwitz Presents the Annual George C. Young Memorial Legal Writing Award
In recognition of the outstanding years of service of United States District Judge George C. Young, Orlando’s first federal judge, the George C. Young American Inn of Court has instituted the George C. Young Memorial Legal Writing Award. This award is given to one law student attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law (FAMU) and to one law student attending Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law (Barry). This year, Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Bob LeBlanc and attorney Mark Horwitz presented these awards to Courtney Jackson and Michael Hristakopoulos.
Published on 24-7PressRelease: Vincent A. Citro Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
Vincent A. Citro has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation.
The Federal Lawyer: The Jencks Act and Rule 26.2: Effectively Using Discovery Tools During Hearings and Trials to Increase the Liklihood of Prevailing in the Hearings and Trials or on Appeal
Whether your practice involves representing clients predominantly in hearings, trial, or appeals, what lawyers do is as much an art as a science. The purpose of this article is to focus more on the science, specifically perfecting a particular issue on the record during hearings and trial to increase the likelihood of prevailing on appeal should the client be convicted.
Spotlight On the Law: For Those Who Did Not File Income Tax Returns
The deadline for filing income tax returns was April 15th. With a request for an extension of time plus payment of the taxes due, the return could be filed as late as October 15th. Those who failed to file the return or request an extension can face significant problems.
Spotlight On the Law: Not Filing Tax Returns Can Cost You Money and Your Freedom
The failure to file a return carries a penalty of 5% of the amount required to be shown on the tax return for each month, or fraction of a month, that the return is late. This penalty is subject to a maximum of 25%. The failure to pay the tax within the time allowed results in a 0.5% penalty for each month, or fraction of a month, not to exceed 25%. In addition, the IRS charges interest which is compounded daily.
Featured in Orlando Style: Florida Law Prohibits Secretly Recording Conversations & Secretly Installing Tracking Devices On Vehicles.
Privacy laws impact everyone who utilizes a recording device in Florida whether they use a smartphone, computer or other electronic equipment capable of recording a conversation. With today’s smartphones, any conversation can be recorded with the touch of a button.
U.S. News-Best Lawyers®: Tier 1 Firm in Orlando for Criminal Defense: General Practice
We are proud to announce that once again the Law Offices of Horwitz &
Citro, P.A. has been named a Tier 1 firm in Orlando for Criminal Defense:
General Practice by U.S. News-Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms"
in 2019. Our sincere congratulations to the dedicated support staff who
help make this recognition possible. Now in it's ninth edition, "Best
Law Firms" uses quantitative data and client surveys resulting in
the most comprehensive guide to legal representation in the United States.
Featured in Orlando Style: Mark Horwitz Spotlight on the Law
Our new name and logo reflect our growth and success as a firm. Our high standards for handling complex, white-collar defense cases remain the same. We utilize cutting-edge computer litigation support as well as a team of lawyers and paralegals to develop all legal and factual defenses.
Featured in Orlando Style: What Jurors Are Not Told
The Sixth amendment to the United States Constitution provides that in all criminal prosecutions the accused has the right to a trial by an impartial jury. The Founding Fathers recognized citizens must be protected from abusive prosecutions that are motivated by political considerations or based upon false or insufficient facts.
Featured in Orlando Style: What Is An Appeal?
Bill Cosby originally went to trial almost a year ago, however, he was not convicted. The trial ended in what is called a “hung jury”, which means that the jurors could not agree on a verdict. Some people asked why a second trial was allowed in light of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the United States Constitution. That clause provides that a person cannot be put on trial and punished for the same crime twice. Cosby was put on trial a second time after the first trial ended with a hung jury.
Published on Newswire.com: Mark L. Horwitz Appointed to Merit Selection Panel
United States District Court Middle District of Florida Appoints Mark L. Horwitz to Merit Selection Panel.
Published in Digital Journal: Vincent A. Citro Appointed to Florida's Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifth District Court of Appeal
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Vincent A. Citro to Florida's Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
Published in Federal Lawyer
Attorney Vincent A. Citro was recently published in Federal Lawyer. The article discusses the importance of updated laws to protect confidentiality, especially in regards to electronically stored communications.
Published in Portfolio: Your Home Is Your Castle - Don't Let The IRS Take It
Attorney Mark L. Horwitz was recently published in Portfolio. The publication discusses how failure to file your tax return in a timely manner can result in significant civil & criminal penalties, and may also put your home at risk.
Featured in Orlando Style: The Importance of Jurors To The American Government
The Constitution of the United States guarantees the right to trial by jury. This right means that no citizen can be deprived of their liberty or property based upon the belief of a prosecutor or a judge alone. The right to trial by jury not only protects the accused but also makes each juror an integral part of the government.
Younger Federal Lawyer Award
Earlier this year, our very own Vincent Citro received the prestigious Younger Federal Lawyer Award from the Federal Bar Association. This award recognizes Vince as an outstanding professional in his field of expertise on a national level. Vince, along with four others, wear this honor for 2016.
To see more 2016 award winners of the Federal Bar Association, please follow this link to read more.
Fifty Years of Justice: The Middle District of Florida
It was an honor and a privilege to participate on the panel with Senior U.S. District Judge Fawsett and U.S. District Judge Byron to discuss the McCorkle case as part of the program commemorating the 50 years of the Middle District of Florida.
Those of you that attended experienced a rare opportunity to hear the original legal professionals reminisce about one of the most high-profile cases in our District. Attorney Horwitz is proud to serve alongside such pivotal and foremost members of the justice system.
Featured in Orlando Style: Failing to Timely File U.S. Income Tax Returns
For several weeks leading up to October 15, 2015 accountants were busy preparing tax returns for people who had not filed their 2014 tax returns. While U.S. tax returns are due by April 15th for the previous year, many people need additional time to prepare their returns. In order to get the additional time a request for extension and payment of anticipated tax must be sent to the IRS.
Featured in Orlando Style: Recording Conversations Can Be A Felony In Florida
Many people believe that they have the right to record their conversations when talking with someone in person or over the phone. In Florida, however, it can be a felony.