Ventura Neurosurgeon Sentenced for Fraud
Ventura Neurosurgeon Sentenced for Fraud
A former Ventura neurosurgeon was sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison for fraud and conspiracy. Dr. Aria Sabit admitted to performing unnecessary surgeries, improperly billing insurance companies and not disclosing his connections to a medical device supply company.

Sabit was accused of convincing Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura to implant devices from a distributor known as Apex Medical Technologies. Sabit failed to disclose that he was the co-owner of the company and that he earned money for each implant the company sold. Sabit worked at the hospital in 2010.

Sabit moved to Michigan in 2011 and continued to perform surgeries, including spinal fusions, at hospitals in Michigan. Most of the patients involved in the criminal case were Medicaid recipients. Many of Sabit’s patients suffered permanent debilitating injuries as the result of Sabit’s work. Patients from both Ventura County and Michigan testified against Sabit in court.

In addition to the criminal case against Sabit, he was named in dozens of lawsuits filed by patients he treated in both California and Michigan.

Ventura Fraud Lawyer

If you’ve been arrested or are charged by the federal government with fraud, you need an experienced federal fraud defense attorney by your side in court. Federal prosecutors are well prepared and well funded. Your best defense is an experienced attorney who will fight aggressively for your rights in court.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years in federal circuits around the nation. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

He handles each case personally, so you will work directly with him on your defense. He will not pass your case to a less experienced attorney. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced federal defense attorney.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura fraud/drug possession case.

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Fraud charge for insurance adjuster
Fraud charge for insurance adjuster
A former insurance adjuster was charged with fraud after embezzling more than $400,000 in insurance proceeds from insurance claims related to fire losses in the Los Angeles area.

Jose Manuel Villa, 60, of San Clemente, was investigated by the California Department of Insurance following a number of complaints from individuals. The investigation revealed that Villa forged claim checks issued by insurance companies and redirected the money to himself.

Villa, operating as a public adjuster, approached clients to have his company, Statewide Claims Adjusters, manage the claims on their fire-damaged homes. Instead of forwarding claim checks to lenders, homeowners or contractors, Villa used the money for his personal expenses. In some cases, Villa hired unlicensed contractors to perform work, or refused to pay contractors for work they had done. In one case, substandard work done by an unlicensed contractor caused a second fire at a property and caused additional damage.

Villa surrendered his public adjuster license following his arrest.

Ventura fraud attorney

Defrauding insurance companies can result in serious consequences in the State of California. Insurance is a licensed profession, which means that you can jeopardize your professional credentials if you’re convicted of fraud, embezzlement or grand theft. If you’re suspected of committing fraud in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced Ventura County fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend provides superior criminal defense for a wide range of court actions, including fraud. His first priority will be to get charges against you reduced or dropped. Overzealous prosecutors often “over-charge” defendants in the hope that they can make additional charges stick, or to intimidate a defendant into pleading guilty to one or more charges.

Mr. Helfend will represent you aggressively in court, and will fight for your rights and freedom. He handles each case personally, and has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Southern California courtrooms.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County securities fraud case.

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Insurance Fraud Conviction for Ventura Woman
Insurance Fraud Conviction for Ventura Woman
A former Ventura County Human Services Agency was convicted of four counts of Workers’ Compensation Insurance fraud earlier this month. Linda Boggess filed a Workers’ Compensation Insurance claim in 2007, claiming that she was experiencing “paralyzing pain.” She received insurance payments for four and a half years, until she was cleared to return to unrestricted work in November 2011.

Following her initial clearance, she filed a new claim based on a statement from a new physician, who restricted her lifting to no more than 5 pounds. At the time of her second claim, Ventura County opened an investigation, and obtained video surveillance of Boggess lifting and carrying car tires mounted on wheels over a distance of 50 feet. She could be sentenced to as much as 8 years in jail, and faces a fine of as much as $150,000.

Hire an aggressive insurance fraud lawyer

If you’ve been charged with filing a false insurance claim, you need an aggressive insurance fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Robert Helfend will work tirelessly to get charges against you reduced or dropped. With financial crimes involving Workers’ Compensation, the prosecution has a desire to send a warning message to other people who are considering filing fraudulent insurance claims. It also has a desire to recover the misappropriated funds. In fact, they may place a higher value on recovering the funds.

That may work in a defendant’s favor because a person has a better ability to repay fines and restitution when they’re working. By avoiding a sentence that includes jail time, the program is more likely to recover its funds more quickly. A skilled, aggressive insurance fraud lawyer knows how to work with the prosecution to arrive at the best possible outcome for all parties involved.

If you’re facing criminal charges related to a Workers’ Compensation Insurance claim, work with an experienced insurance fraud attorney who will handle your case personally, and give your case his full attention.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County fraud case.

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