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What Happens in a Federal Criminal Case?

May 27, 2022
Page Pate explains what happens in a federal criminal case Attorney Page Pate explains what happens when someone has been arrested and charged in a federal criminal case. Page walks through the usual steps, discussing the timing and procedures, and helps explain what to expect when facing a federal criminal indictment. If you or someone […]

Defending Doctors, Pharmacists, and Nurses in “Pill Mill” Strike Force Cases

April 19, 2019
On April 17, 2019, the DOJ announced in a press release that the government is bringing federal criminal charges against 60 individuals, including 31 doctors, 7 pharmacists, 8 nurse practitioners, and several other licensed medical professionals, based on allegations that these healthcare providers were unlawfully distributing prescription opioid medication and committing healthcare…

Federal prosecutors send warning notices about opioids to local doctors

October 6, 2018
Federal prosecutors announced yesterday that they have sent letters to 30 doctors in the metro Atlanta and North Georgia area, putting them “on notice” that the federal government believes they are prescribing too much pain medication. While the government describes this as a “notice,” this is really a warning to these doctors that they risk […]

Health care fraud charges filed against doctors and other professionals

June 28, 2018
Today, the Department of Justice announced that it has filed health care fraud charges against 601 people, including 165 doctors and medical professionals. They are being charged them with an array of crimes in additional to health care fraud charges, including illegally prescribing drugs. The arrests were the result of a nationally coordinated health care […]

Drug conspiracy charges and possible defenses for pharmacists charged in “Operation Faux Pharmacy”

December 6, 2017
The DEA announced today that it has launched “Operation Faux Pharmacy,” a large-scale investigation targeting 26 pharmacies across California, Hawaii, and Nevada. As the name Operation Faux Pharmacy suggests, the DEA is investigating whether these pharmacies distributed prescription opioids “outside the bounds of legitimate medicine” and in violation of the Controlled Substances Act…

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