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Lessons From 5th Circ. Mother-Son Health Care Fraud Case

Law360
September 14, 2018

Locke Lord Dallas Associate Mario H. Nguyen, a member of the Firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, authored an article on United States v. Hesson. Through the Fifth Circuit’s opinion affirming the convictions of a mother-son duo related to psychological care services provided to nursing home residents, Nguyen connects the Court’s various holdings into a strong lesson on criminal intent in the health care fraud context. Specifically, Nguyen notes, “While a lack of intent is a common defense to the prosecution of high-level health care administrators, the Fifth Circuit's decision affirming the convictions of psychologist Rodney Hesson and his mother, Gertrude Parker, shows that there is more than one backdoor for the government to meet its burden.”

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