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Baton Rouge doctor to pay $43.5 million restitution for fraud

We assume Louisiana doctors are skilled and knowledgeable, but that doesn't make them smart business people. Some doctors with their own offices and clinics depend heavily upon others to handle the "business end," including Medicaid and Medicare billing, so physicians can concentrate on patient care. Doctors trust these vital employees as much as workers trust medical professionals to follow legal guidelines.

Jobless Baton Rouge defendant sold stolen batteries for scrap

Simple burglary doesn't sound like a crime that carries a severe punishment, but don't be deceived by the name. The punishment for violating Louisiana statute R.S. 14: 62 can include penalties, like a fine up to $2,000 and a prison term of up to 12 years.

5th Louisiana teen sought in sneaker seller street robbery

Prison is no way to start life as an adult, and it's certainly no place Louisiana parents would want their child. The state's juvenile justice system is geared toward rehabilitating delinquents. However, a juvenile who commits a violent crime, like murder or armed robbery, may not be able to escape adult prosecution or penalties upon conviction.

Baton Rouge federal judge: Prosecutors’ drug case ‘weak’

There's no such thing as a conspiracy of one. At least two people must agree to break a law before a crime meets the definition of a conspiracy. To obtain a conviction, prosecutors also must show a defendant was aware of a plan and participated in taking the plan forward.

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