Successful New Jersey Dentist Charged with Healthcare Fraud Wins a Rare Complete Dismissal of All Charges After Criminal Defense Attorney Robert G. Stahl Launches Aggressive Defense Including Commissioning Complex Independent Investigation
December 2015 (NEW YORK CITY) - In October 2014, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York charged a successful New Jersey dentist with alleged healthcare billing fraud involving insured Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employees.
He retained criminal defense attorney Robert G. Stahl who launched an aggressive defense that included commissioning a complex, independent investigation that included expert reports rebutting the charges. As a result, in December 2015 Stahl won a rare complete dismissal of all charges for the dentist.
"This case demonstrates the critical value of retaining skilled, experienced criminal defense counsel as early as possible in a state or federal criminal case," said Stahl. "My client's professional career was saved and an expensive, time consuming trial was avoided."
Stahl, a former award-winning Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, had met several times with Assistant U.S. Attorneys and investigators from both the federal Department of Health and Human Services and the Port Authority Offices of Inspector General while the dentist’s charges were pending.
“Even before being charged by federal Complaint, in meetings with auditors and investigators my client had strongly maintained that he had not billed by upcoding1 certain dental and periodontal procedures,” attorney Stahl said.
The alleged healthcare fraud charges stemmed from a lengthy investigation led by the Office of Inspector General, Port Authority Police Department (OIG, PAPD) for allegedly defrauding the Port Authority and its private insurer or authority employees.
As part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s initiative on healthcare fraud, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country maintain special units to investigate and prosecute criminal and civil, whistleblower-brought healthcare fraud, Stahl explained. “If you are a physician, dentist or other healthcare professional whose practice is in the crosshairs of investigators, you should immediately retain counsel with substantial experience in complex civil and criminal matters. Experienced representation can make the difference in the outcome of a criminal case.”
With offices in Westfield, New Jersey and New York City, the Law Offices of Robert G. Stahl represents defendants in a broad range of criminal matters, regardless of complexity or geography, including death penalty and international criminal law matters. Visit http://www.StahlEsq.com for more information and select the, “News and Media” link to read about some of the high-profile criminal and civil matters in which the Stahl firm has represented defendants.
1 In upcoding a more expensive medical code is submitted to insurance payers, instead of the lowerpriced, actual procedure that had been performed.