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Couple enter guilty pleas, sentencing expected

When people in New York are accused of crimes, it is important for them to know that there is a criminal justice system that allows them to defend themselves against the charges. This process may end up providing them the opportunity to be acquitted of charges. It may also allow them to be found guilty of charges that are less severe than those they originally faced. There are multiple scenarios that may play out through a defense including through a potential appeal.

One couple in New York is today expecting to be sentenced after entering guilty pleas to a few different charges related in part to an alleged Medicare fraud scheme. It is reported that over at least a period of five years, the couple took in tenants in low-income non-regulated housing and required them to seek drug treatment from specific providers. These providers in turn paid the couple for the referrals.

Tenants who refused to attend treatment were at times evicted. The conditions of the home were said to be unsanitary and often against fire code regulations. In addition to the Medicare fraud charges, the husband was charged with the illegal eviction of tenants. It is not clear if the drug treatment agencies are charged with any crimes in the matter. Also unknown is whether the couple entered into any plea deals.

Talking with an experienced criminal defense attorney may give people in New York important insights into their defense options after being arrested.

Source: The New York Times, "Operator of Notorious Flophouses Pleads Guilty to Medicaid Fraud," Kim Barker, February 15, 2018

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