In the first video teleconference sentencing in federal court in Dallas since the COVID-19 crisis began, U.S. District Chief Judge Barbara Lynn this week sentenced a medical mask-wearing white-collar criminal defendant to nearly four years in prison for her role in a $1.4 million real estate title insurance scheme.
The State Bar of Texas has made its April update on disciplinary actions. Violations include an injudicious quarrel, a judicial threat and a lawyer with an apparent penchant for forging official documents.
U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary ruled Monday that requests by Forest Park Medical Center doctors and officials for a new trial are “meritless.” The seven defendants were convicted last year of taking part in a massive insurance fraud scheme. The judge also criticized trial tactics employed by one of the prominent lawyers during the trial as “dirty and nasty” and a “cheap stunt.” The Texas Lawbook has complete details.
Clearing out their report on disciplinary actions for 2019, the State Bar of Texas reported one disbarment, one resignation, nine suspensions and three public reprimands, including one for a South Texas county judge.
In a unanimous verdict, a Dallas federal jury found Thomas Selgas and John O. Green guilty for one count of conspiracy to defraud the federal government. Separately, jurors found Selgas guilty of tax evasion for tax years 1998-2002 and 2005.
The opening of a federal tax evasion conspiracy trial for an Athens couple and their lawyer featured references to Charles Dickens, IOLTA, a house purchased with gold coins and the Biblical role of women. Natalie Posgate was there.
Last week’s verdict in the $100 million Tricare fraud case yielded what is believed to be the first acquittals in such cases brought by the federal government. The lawyers for the acquitted defendants told litigation writer Natalie Posgate how they and others — including the government’s star witness — helped achieve that result.
After a two-fold verdict, a federal jury in Dallas has determined the fate for three more defendants in a $100 million Tricare fraud trial that spanned over two months. Natalie Posgate reports the details.
A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Dallas healthcare executive to five and one-half years in prison for his role in two kickback schemes involving the now-defunct Forest Park Medical Center and Nexthealth.
A former SEC senior enforcement lawyer, Jessica Magee talks with The Texas Lawbook about why she left Beneficient for Thompson & Knight and dishes advice to private equity on corporate governance. Meanwhile, Beneficient names a partner at Willkie Farr as its new chief legal officer.