Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Jersey Doctors: Trails of Blood Money, Bribery, and Healthcare Fraud

Q: Can a doctor accept compensation or kickbacks for referring business to a laboratory?

First, do no harm. It’s the oath physicians take when they get their medical licenses and promise to take care of their patients--to do right by them.

While it’s not uncommon to hear of doctors defending medical malpractice suits, the number of New Jersey physicians recently accused of such white collar crimes as bribery and healthcare fraud is alarming.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Former NFL Star & Elderly Mother Convicted in New Jersey of Complex Mortgage Fraud Scam

Have there been any high-profile criminal convictions in New Jersey lately?

Following a three-week trial in Burlington, New Jersey, former NFL star Irving Fryar and his elderly mother were found guilty of second-degree theft and conspiracy charges stemming from a six-year home equity loan scam perpetrated by the team, involving the mother’s home. According to evidence presented at trial, the mother applied for six separate home equity loans on the same property over a six-day period, ensuring lending institutions would not be aware of the simultaneous applications. In total, the amount recovered by the defendants totaled nearly $840,000.

Fryar also applied for and received nearly $414,000 in mortgage funds secured by his home, which was actually owned by his mother. According to accounting documents, at least $200,000 of this amount was spent or has not been recovered.

In their defense, counsel for both defendants asserted that a lender/broker was actually behind the scam and masterminded the fraudulent transactions. Moreover, the defendants asserted that they were not aware that their activities were fraudulent, and they were acting solely at the direction of the alleged ringleader.

In addition to the loan scam evidence, the court heard testimony involving falsified employment and income records that were used  to qualify for the loans.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 2, 2015, at which point each defendant could face up to 10 years in prison. Fines associated with mortgage fraud can run as high as $150,000.

In a statement by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, “This verdict ensures that Mr. Fryar and his mother will face substantial prison time. Fryar had an illustrious career in professional football and became the pastor of a church, but those things don't mitigate the fact that he and his mother engaged in an elaborate criminal scheme to defraud seven banks of more than one million dollars.”

If you or a loved one presently face charges involving a financial or other crime and need to consult with a reputable criminal defense attorney about your legal options, please do not hesitate to contact Sitzler & Sitzler. Serving clients in Burlington County and all other counties in South Jersey, we can be reached at 609-267-1101.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

‘Real Housewives’ Star Skirts "Son of Sam" Laws; Plans Return to Bravo Network From Behind Bars

What are “Son of Sam” laws? 

A review of current Son of Sam laws within New Jersey and elsewhere reveals a fascinating historical look at how these “gag laws” came to be, and how they have been consistently challenged under the First Amendment from a free speech perspective almost from the beginning.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

South Jersey Woman Charged With Promoting Fake Concert

What are the charges if you sell tickets to a fake event?

A south Jersey woman is accused of selling fake concert tickets to more than 200 people.  The concert was supposed be headlined by Sheryl Crow.  Tickets were being sold for $65.00 a piece.  Medford Township Police and Lumberton Township Police got involved to coordinate public safety for the event.  When they contacted the venue, the Flying W Airport in Medford, they discovered inconsistencies that led them to the discovery that Sheryl Crow was not actually booked for the event.  The concert promoter was arrested and charged with theft by deception and deceptive business practices.  

Investigators claim that the concert promoter, 42 year old Kelly Bryan of Burlington Township, confessed to selling tickets to the concert knowing that Sheryl Crow would not be performing.  Medford Police Chief Richard Meder “It started out as a legitimate event but Sheryl Crow was just never part of this event, even though it was being advertised that she was the headliner.”  

The Flying W Airport released a statement denying any involvement with the promotion of the concert.  They deny selling any tickets and they say they have cooperated fully with the Lumberton Police Department.

If you are suspected in a police investigation of any kind you need an attorney to advise you of your rights.  An attorney can give you the information you need to avoid an improper criminal prosecution before it starts.  At Sitzler & Sitzler, our criminal defense attorneys have the experience necessary to help you get through the pitfalls common in a criminal case.  We have been representing clients in Burlington County criminal courts for years.  If you have been accused of a crime, call us at (609) 267-1101 today.

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