Creizman LLC Client Acquitted In Federal Health Care Fraud And Money Laundering Trial

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Jury acquits Creizman LLC client charged with money laundering conspiracy related to health care fraud after seven-week trial in Brooklyn Federal Court

The government rushed to judgment in this case and indicted Ms. Galper before it learned all the facts.

After a 7-week criminal trial charging multiple defendants with health care fraud and money laundering conspiracy, a Brooklyn federal jury acquitted Creizman LLC client Yelena Galper. Ms. Galper was arrested and charged with participating in a money laundering conspiracy in November 2011. The Indictment alleged that Ms. Galper and others participated in a scheme to launder the proceeds of Medicare fraud at three Brooklyn-area medical clinics: Bay Medical Care, PC; SVS Wellcare Medical PLLC, and SZS Medical Care PLLC. According to the Indictment, the clinics paid kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries and used the beneficiaries names to bill Medicare for approximately $71 million in services that were medically unnecessary and never provided. The alleged money launderers opened bank accounts in the name of phony corporations to provide cash to the clinic owners and conceal their ownership of the proceeds of their fraud.

At trial, Eric Creizman argued that a co-conspirator of Ms. Galper's opened accounts in her name and in the names of companies of which Ms. Galper was falsely listed as president. Mr. Creizman asserted Ms. Galper never was aware of the accounts or the companies.

"Yelena Galper maintained her innocence throughout this terrible ordeal, and a jury has vindicated her," Eric Creizman said. "The government rushed to judgment in this case and indicted Ms. Galper before it learned all the facts." "We are relieved that she can return home to her teenage son and resume a normal life," Mr. Creizman said.

Since her arrest, Ms. Galper was released on bail secured by her parent's home in Brooklyn, New York, and she was subject to travel restrictions. If convicted, Ms. Galper would have faced a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

The case against Ms. Galper, captioned United States v. Gustave Drivas, et al., 11-CR-771 (NG), was brought in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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