Two brothers in New Hampshire were facing felony charges, but they have recently been dropped for one of the men. They worked together in an orthodontist's office, where one brother was the orthodontist and the other was an office manager.
The doctor had initially been charged with 45 different felony counts, which were all dropped. His brother still has charges leveled against him, which remain as the case continues. However, a handful of his charges have also been dropped, including four that were for theft by means of deception.
A spokesperson for the orthodontist said that he thought the authorities were attempting to get the doctor to speak out against his brother by intimidating him with charges that would not stick.
The fraud that the pair were allegedly involved in simply included telling parents who came in to get braces for their children that the braces were not going to be covered by Medicaid. They even said that Medicaid had issued a denial of the claim. The reality, prosecutors say, was that no claim had ever been sent in to Medicaid in the first place.
Because of this, the parents were scammed into thinking that they had to cover the costs on their own, which they did.
The charges that were dropped against the office manager were only dropped because he said that he would make restitution payments. The total of these payments was said to be for just $6,510.
Facing criminal charges is not a position anyone wants to be in. An attorney experienced in criminal defense can work with you to develop a strong defense.
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, "Felony charges dropped against orthodontist’s brother" Mark Hayward, Jan. 25, 2015