Why Losing At Trial Can Be Costly

courtroom.jpgHOUSTON – Whether it is known as “courtroom rent” or by some other name, the dangers of going to trial as opposed to pleading guilty requires a careful consideration of the case, the facts, the sentencing guidelines and the judge.
Two Texas DME owners learned the very hard way yesterday at their sentencing following a trial. Rhonda Fleming was sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in a DME scheme, she was the alleged owner of three DME companies and a billing company that submitted the claims, totaling $36 million. Her trial co-defendants, a co-owner of one DME and a “runner” (someone who supplied patient information for the others in the scheme) were sentenced to 11 years 3 months and seven and a half years in prison. Their co-defendants, who plead guilty before trial and testified at trial received 12 months, 60 months and 70 months in prison.
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