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Business owner gets 30 days in jail for healthcare fraud

Fifty-four-year-old Little Suamico, Wisconsin resident Greg Gering, who co-owns a chain of children’s clothing stores called Once Upon a Child in Green Bay and Appleton with his wife, was sentenced by Oconto County Judge Michael Judge to spend 30 days in jail and pay a fine of $30,000 for three counts of medical assistance fraud, the Post Crescent reported on July 18.

Gering received over $25,000 in BadgerCare benefits throughout three years, concealing his ownership of his business, which would have made him ineligible. He plead guilty to the charges against him as part of a plea bargain.

Serious consequences face those who have been charged with medical assistance fraud, or other types of fraud. If you are in a situation like this, it is important to enlist the services of a criminal defense attorney as early on as possible. The experienced legal team at Kohler Hart Powell, SC understands how these charges are usually prosecuted and therefore, know best how to defend against them. To discuss your case with us, call our Appleton offices at (414) 271-9595 today.

NY archbishop under fire for moving money from Milwaukee archdiocese

New York archbishop Timothy Dolan has recently received flak for the way in which his old archdiocese transferred money into several funds for individual parishes and cemetery maintenance despite facing a sexual abuse lawsuit.

Cardinal Dolan, who had been Milwaukee’s archbishop from 2002 to 2009, was alleged to have put $55 million into a fund for cemetery maintenance and as much as $74 million into a fund for individual parishes at the same time the parish was facing lawsuits against Wisconsin priests, so that Dolan could “avoid having to pay the survivors,” the plaintiff’s lawyer Jeff Anderson said.

The Milwaukee archdiocese declared bankruptcy in 2011, the same year several priests were defendants in lawsuits. However, while bankruptcy court judge Susan Kelley found the 2005 transfer of money to the Parish Deposit Fund “fishy,” she ruled in December 2011 that the move was legitimate as the money belonged to different parishes.

Facing any criminal charge, but particularly those as serious as the sexual abuse charges the priests faced or potential fraud one Dolan could face, can be overwhelming and stressful. However, with the help of a lawyer from Kohler Hart Powell, SC, you can build a strong defense. Call 414-271-9595 to discuss your charges and find out what may be done for you.