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Sheppard Law Firm's Recent Fraud Cases

12/11/17: Physician in Prescription Fraud/Fraudulent Medical Billing Case Receives Below-Guideline Sentence after Success at "Relevant Conduct" Hearing (U.S. District Court, Central Dist., Illinois): In a prescription fraud case (which received media attention) prosecution which alleged that Sheppards' client, a physician, dispensed thousands of opioid medications to patients without a legitimate medical need, the Court reduced the amount of pills for which the defendant would be held responsible and issued a sentence below the advisory sentencing range. Practitioners in the central district report that this is the first below-guideline sentence that they can remember in this court The Court also recommended the defendant's placement in a prison camp. The defendant should be released to halfway house nearly six months after commencing his sentence. The physician may also apply for reinstatement of his medical license in the future. The prosecution argued that Sheppards' client was the "face of the opioid crisis;" however, Sheppard Law Firm filed a brief comparing its client to other similarly situated physicians in the country and showed that its client did not deserve a sentence within the advisory guideline range. Another key aspect of obtaining the favorable sentence in this case was the defenses' success at a "relevant conduct" hearing where the Judge found, after hearing testimony from multiple patients, that the government had not proven that every prescription at issue lacked a legitimate medical purpose. The Judge's findings at the relevant conduct hearing resulted in a lower advisory sentencing guideline range. The Judge then issued a sentence even below that lowered guideline range based on the history can characterisitcs of the defendant and the need to avoid unwarranted sentencing disparity among similarly situated physicians.

4/25/17: Adam Sheppard argues before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. xxxxx (argued 4/25/17) in wire fraud case where the defendant was alleged to have obtained millions through fraudulent credit card payments. The underlying allegation was that the defendant, who ran several internet marketing companies, obtained millions in illicit proceeds by charging customers' credit cards for services that were not rendered. Sheppard represented the defendant on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The main issue on appeal was when a defendant's post-sentencing rehabilitative conduct may lead to a lower sentence at resentencing hearing.

February 22, 2017: Dismissal of All Counts in Civil Fraud Case(Dismissal of Civil Fraud, Unjust Enrichment, and Undue Influence)

In a civil fraud case, the defendants were accused of colluding with an employee of one of the world's largest banks to become beneficiaries of a relative's pension and retirement accounts and of exerting undue influence over that relative in order to become beneficiaries of his accounts. Sheppard first obtained a dismissal of several of the counts against his clients through the filing of a Motion to Dismiss pursuant to Section 2-615 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure. The other counts were dismissed following depositions of two key witnesses.

2016-Present (U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois): Sheppard Law Firms in currently defending a physician in a significant prescription fraud case which also featured charges of insurance fraud in the Central District of Illinois. The case centers on whether the physician prescribed the medications at issue for patients' legitimate medical needs and whether the doctor was acting in good faith at the time he issued the prescriptions in question. Also see Adam Sheppard article on prosecuting physicians for opioid prescriptions published by the Decalogue Society in 2016:  Prosecuting Physicians for Opioid Prescriptions

May, 2016 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois): Sheppard's client receives "straight" Probation (with no community service or home confinement) for Theft of Government Funds where the government argued for imprisonment.

In the case of United States v. J.Q (Northern District of Illinois), following a contested sentencing hearing, Sheppard's client received straight probation with no home confinement or community service in a case where the government was requesting prison time. The sentence was a "below-Guideline" sentence, meaning that it was below the advisory sentencing guideline range. A principal argument in mitigation which Sheppard presented was the defendant's "family responsibilities" which favored the least restrictive sentence as possible.

September, 2014: Rabbi Lefkowitz and his Two Sons Acquitted of All Charges in Frud Trial -- link to the Chicago Tribune article on the case is set forth below:Lefkowitz Chicago Tribune Article

Prior to the trial Sheppard was also successful in obtaining dismissal of several of the counts against Rabbi Lefkowitz and his two sons through a Motion to Dismiss based on misleading grand jury testimony.See Link to the news article below regarding the Motion to Dismiss based on misleading grand jury testimony: Motion to Dismiss Article

May, 2013 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois): Sheppard's Client Accused of Fraudulently Obtaining Unemployment Benefits from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development through an Identity Theft Scheme Receives Probation Where the Guidelines Called for a Prison Sentence

In United States v. C.K (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois), Sheppard's client who was accused of acquiring and utilizing multiple debit cards funded by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development ("IDWD") with fraudulently acquired unemployment insurance benefits received probation notwithstanding the fact that the sentencing guideline range called for prison time. Sheppard argued for, and received, a "mitigating role" deduction for his client at sentencing which lowered the guideline range and led the judge to issue a sentence of probation without any jail time.

October, 2010 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois): Sheppard's client receives a 50% variance from the sentencing guidelines and successfully defends against an aggravating role enhancement at sentencing in the 67-defendant Mortgage Fraud Scheme sets forth in the FBI Press Release Below: FBI Press Release - Mortgage Fraud Schemes

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