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9th Circuit: Error In Admitting Testimony Does Not Warrant New Trial
PASADENA, Calif. - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 14 affirmed the denial of a woman's motion for a new trial, holding that even though a judge erred in allowing testimony that inculpated the defendant, there was sufficient evidence to support her conviction of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to submit fraudulent insurance bills (United States of America v. Theresa Fisher, No. 15-50306, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16830).
DOJ: Skilled Nursing Company, Board Members To Pay $30M Over False Billing
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice announced Sept. 19 that North America Health Care Inc. (NAHC), its chairman of the board and a senior vice president have agreed to pay a total of $30 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by submitting false claims to government health care programs for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services provided to residents at NAHC's skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
Judge Resentences Doctor For Insurance Fraud Following Appeal
TYLER, Texas - A federal judge in Texas on Sept. 15 resentenced a doctor to 135 months in prison and ordered him to pay $145,358.23 in restitution to Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas after the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction (United States of America v. Tariq Mahmood, No. 13-cr-00032, E.D. Texas).
Ohio Dentist Sentenced To 12 Months For Fraudulently Billing Medicare
CLEVELAND - An Ohio dentist was sentenced to 12 months in prison by a federal judge on Sept. 6 and ordered to pay $343,665.68 in restitution for fraudulently billing Medicare for services that were not provided (United States of America v. Robert Rouzaud, No. 16-cr-127, N.D. Ohio).
5th Circuit Vacates Forfeiture Order, Affirms Conviction, Sentence For Fraud
NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 14 vacated a federal judge in Texas' preliminary forfeiture order against a defendant convicted of health care fraud, ruling that the judge erred when finding that forfeitable assets arising from comingled funds could be seized under 18 U.S. Code Section 982(a)(7) (United States of America v. Peter Victor Ayika, Nos. 15-50122, consolidated with 14-51093, 5th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16826).
Judge: Misrepresentations On Ownership, Prior Claims Warrant Voiding Policy
ABERDEEN, Miss. - A federal judge in Mississippi on Sept. 16 awarded summary judgment to Allstate Indemnity Co., ruling that a man's misrepresentations on his policy application regarding the ownership of a property that sustained fire damage and his failure to inform the company of prior insurance claims warrant voiding the policy (Allstate Indemnity Company v. Terry W. Richey III, et al., No. 15CV00073-NBB-DAS, N.D. Miss.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126385).
Judge: Dispute Over Fire's Cause Warrants Dismissal Of Man's Counterclaim
CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois on Sept. 6 dismissed a man's counterclaim against State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Co. seeking attorney fees under Section 155 of the Illinois Insurance Code, ruling that the company's delay in making a payment under the policy was not vexatious and unreasonable since a dispute exists as to the cause of a fire that destroyed the man's home (State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Company v. Anthony Blair Jr., No. 15 C 8026, N.D. Ill.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119885).
Judge Dismisses Woman's Suit Over Ownership Of Property For Restitution
MADISON, Wis. - A federal judge in Wisconsin on Sept. 1 dismissed a woman's lawsuit against the federal government over ownership of property that may be used to satisfy her husband's restitution obligations after being found guilty for insurance fraud, holding that the government is immune from the proceedings (Catherine Henricks v. United States of America, No. 16-cv-101, W.D. Wis.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118005).
Material Misrepresentations On Application Void Coverage, 6th Circuit Affirms
CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 16 affirmed a lower federal court's ruling that there is no coverage for the Tennessee attorney general's lawsuit against the provider of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy because the insured made material misrepresentations on its insurance application (Dan Hale, et al. v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America, No. 15-6443, 6th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 17034).
11th Circuit: Jury Adequately Instructed On Different Conspiracy Charges
ATLANTA - An 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 23 affirmed a woman's conviction on counts of conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit health care fraud, holding that instructions provided to the jury were not confusing (United States of America v. Carmen Gonzalez, No. 13-15878, 11th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 15477).
Judge Overrules Doctor's Argument That Materiality Is Required To Find Fraud
ABINGDON, Va. - A federal judge in Virginia on Aug. 2 affirmed the convictions of the owners of a laboratory who were found guilty of health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud for conducting unnecessary drug screenings and billing insurers, holding that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Universal Health Services Inc. v. United States (135 S. Ct. 1989 ) did not apply to the present case (United States of America v. Beth Palin, et al., No. 14cr00023, W.D. Va.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100743).
Judge Refuses To Stay Woman's Sentence For Fraud Pending Appeal
ABINGDON, Va. - A federal judge in Virginia on Aug. 22 denied a motion to stay filed by a doctor who was found guilty of health care fraud, finding that her sentence should not be suspended pending her appeal because it does not raise substantial issues of law (United States of America v. Beth Palin, et al., No. 14-cr-23, W.D. Va.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111225).
Jury Finds Nurse Guilty For Role In $8M Health Care Fraud Scheme
HOUSTON - A nurse at a Texas home health care services company was found guilty on three counts of health care fraud by a unanimous jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on July 19 for her role in an $8 million scheme that involved submitting false and fraudulent claims to Medicare (United States of America v. Precious Deshield, et al., No. 15cr319, S.D. Texas).
Doctor Found Guilty Of Health Care Fraud For Submitting False Claims
NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on July 29 found a doctor guilty of one count of health care fraud, three counts of making false statements related to health care matters and two counts of money laundering for submitting millions of dollars in false claims to Medicare (United States of America v. Syed I. Ahmed, No. 14cr277, E.D. N.Y.).
Judge Finds Innocent Insured Provision Does Not Apply To Partner, Firm
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A federal judge in Georgia on Aug. 9 awarded summary judgment to an insurance company seeking to rescind a general liability policy issued to a law firm, ruling that the innocent insured provision did not apply to the firm and a partner because misrepresentations on the policy application were material (Proassurance Casualty Company v. Wilson R. Smith, et al., No. 15-CV-51, S.D. Ga.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105033).
Judge Dismisses Fraud Suit Due To State Farm's Failure To Establish Diversity
DETROIT - A federal judge in Michigan on Aug. 1 dismissed an insurance fraud lawsuit brought by State Farm Automobile Insurance Co. after finding that the insurer was unable to sufficiently establish that complete diversity existed between the parties (State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Elite Health Centers Inc., et al., No. 16-cv-12380, E.D. Mich.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99958).
State Farm Awarded Judgment After Judge Finds Man Misrepresented Residency
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - State Farm Fire and Casualty Co.'s motion for judgment was granted July 21 by a federal judge in Pennsylvania who found that the insurer could deny a man's claim under his automobile policy because he misrepresented that he was a resident of New York rather than Pennsylvania (State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. Gregory A. Hancle, et al., No. 14-6140, E.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95084).
Appeals Court Finds Conflict Over Viability Of Innocent Third-Party Doctrine
DETROIT - A 2-1 panel of a Michigan appeals court on Aug. 9 reluctantly reversed a ruling awarding summary judgment to a man and a hospital seeking coverage from Allstate Insurance Co. for injuries the man sustained as a result of an automobile accident, holding that it was bound by the ruling in Bazzi v. Sentinel Ins. Co. (2016 Mich. App. LEXIS 1153 [Mich. App. 2016]) to find that the innocent third-party doctrine is not viable (Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital LLC, et al. v. Allstate Insurance Company, No. 323425, Mich. App.; 2016 Mich. App. LEXIS 1500).
Judge Finds 2nd Affidavit Does Not Resolve Question Of Materiality
BATON ROUGE, La. - A second affidavit from an insurance company's property product manager did not resolve questions concerning the materiality of misrepresentations that were made on a policy holder's application, a federal judge in Louisiana ruled July 28 in denying Century Surety Co.'s second motion for summary judgment (Century Surety Company v. Bassam Nafel, et al., No. 14-CV-00101-JWD-EWD, M.D. La.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98620).
Magistrate Judge: California Law Allows Insurer To Rescind Policy
FRESNO, Calif. - An insurance company's motion for default judgment in a suit where it seeks to rescind a commercial insurance property policy issued to a man who claims that a warehouse he owned was robbed should be granted, a federal magistrate judge in California recommended Aug. 22, noting that state law requires insureds to provide truthful information on a policy application (United States Specialty Insurance Company v. Hussein Saleh, d/b/a 3 Hermanos Warehouses, No. 16-cv-00632-DAD-MJS, E.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111769).
Acclarent Pays $18M For Off-Label Marketing Of Sinus Device
BOSTON - With a criminal trial against two company executives just concluded, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts on July 22 revealed that medical device maker Acclarent Inc. paid $18 million to settle lawsuits that it caused false claims to be submitted to federal health care programs through the off-label marketing of its Stratus nasal device (United States of America, ex rel. Melayna Lokosky v. Acclarent, Inc., et al., No. 11-11217, United States of America, ex rel. WW. Young, III v. Acclarent, Inc., et al., No. 12-12314, United States of America, ex rel. John Doe v. Acclarent, Inc., et al., No. 13-10205, D. Mass.).
Diagnostic Imaging Company To Pay $3.5M To Settle False Claims Act Suit
DALLAS - A Texas diagnostic imaging services company agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) when improperly billing Medicare and Medicaid for services that were provided without proper medical supervision, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas announced July 22 (United States of America, ex rel. Tracy Sifuentes v. Preferred Imaging LLC, No. 14-cv-4555, N.D. Texas).
2nd Circuit Affirms Woman's Conviction For Role In Insurance Fraud Scheme
NEW YORK - A Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on July 12 affirmed a woman's convictions for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and mail fraud, holding that the evidence presented at trial sufficiently showed that she was an owner of medical practices that routinely submitted false claims for reimbursement under New York's No-Fault Comprehensive Motor Vehicle Insurance Reparation Act (United States of America v. Tatyana Gabinskaya, et al., No. 15-776-cr, 2nd Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12776).
11th Circuit: Clinics Can Be Liable For Director's Failure To Review Bills
ATLANTA - An 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 23 affirmed a jury's verdict finding that three clinics can be ordered to pay Allstate Insurance Co., Allstate Indemnity Co., Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Co. and Allstate Vehicle & Property Insurance Co. (collectively Allstate) for unjust enrichment, holding that the clinics can be found liable for violating Florida's Health Care Clinic Act for the medical director's failure to systematically review bills (Allstate Insurance Company, et al. v. Sara C. Vizcay, M.D., et al., No. 14-13947, 11th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 11479).
Judge: Aetna Must Make Choice-Of-Law Decision Before Summary Judgment Ruling
CAMDEN, N.J. - Aetna Health Inc. and Aetna Life Insurance Co. (collectively Aetna) must decide what state laws defendants accused of submitting fraudulent bills for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) devices and associated accessories violated before a ruling on the defendants' motion for summary judgment can be rendered, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled June 16 (Aetna Health Inc., et al. v. Carolina Analgesic Inc., et al., No. 13-7202, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78304).
Xolair Qui Tam Dismissal Affirmed By 1st Circuit, But State Claims Remanded
BOSTON - The First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 17 affirmed dismissal without prejudice of two relators' claims that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and Genentech Inc. marketed the asthma drug Xolair for off-label use and paid physicians to prescribe the drugs (United States of America, ex rel. Allison Kelly, et al. v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, et al., No. 15-1470, 1st Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 11001).
Couple, Companies Ordered To Pay $7.7M For Submitting False Claims
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge in New Jersey on July 8 granted the federal government's motion for summary judgment in a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit and ordered a New Jersey couple and their companies to pay $7.7 million after finding them to be liable for knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare (United States of America, ex rel. Jane Doe v. Heart Solutions, et al., No. 14-cv-3644, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88614).
Home Health Care Provider To Pay $3.3M To Settle False Claims Act Suit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - MD2U Holding Co., its related companies and its owners on July 7 filed an agreement in Kentucky federal court wherein they agree to pay $3.3 million to resolve allegations brought by the federal government accusing them of violating the False Claims Act (FCA) by submitting fraudulent bills to Medicare and other government health care programs and altering records to support those false claims (United States of America v. MD2U Holding Company, et al., No. 16-cv-440-GNS, E.D. Ky.).
Minnesota Appeals Court Affirms Verdict Finding Insurance Agent Negligent
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota Court of Appeals panel on June 20 affirmed a jury's verdict finding that an insurance agent was negligent when incorrectly recording whether the insured owned any pets, holding that the trial court properly applied the estoppel rule established under the state supreme court's ruling in Pomerenke v. Farmers Life Ins. Co. (228 Minn. 256, 36 N.W.2d 703 ) (Selective Insurance Company v. Quac D. Huynh, et al., No. A15-2027, Minn. App.; 2016 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 616).
Judge: Insurer Unable To Show Lawyers Engaged In Conspiracy To Submit Claims
PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge in Pennsylvania on July 11 awarded summary judgment to two lawyers accused of civil conspiracy, finding that Church Mutual Insurance Co. failed to present sufficient evidence that the attorneys agreed with other defendants to pursue fraudulent claims and that they acted with malice (Church Mutual Insurance Company v. Alliance Adjustment Group, et al., No. 15-461, E.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89194).
Washington Appeals Court Affirms Woman's Arson, Insurance Fraud Convictions
SPOKANE, Wash. - A Washington appeals panel on June 21 affirmed a woman's conviction for first-degree arson, holding that the trial court judge did not erroneously admit a photograph of a gasoline can and that the evidence sufficiently supported her conviction (State of Washington v. Maria H. Hernandez Martinez, No. 33109-1-III, Wash. App., Div. 3; 2016 Wash. App. LEXIS 1457).
Couple: Jury Should Decide If Misrepresentations Bar Coverage For Fire Loss
ST. LOUIS - A couple told the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently that a federal judge in Missouri erred in awarding summary judgment to Amica Mutual Insurance Co. for its refusal to pay benefits under a homeowners policy because a jury, not the court, should determine if the plaintiffs misrepresented the value of the home and their personal possessions and if they cooperated with the investigation into the claim (Dale Neidenbach, et al. v. Amica Mutual Insurance Company, No. 16-1400, 8th Cir.).
Fact Issues Remain On Cause Of Insureds' Water Damage, Federal Judge Says
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Finding that genuine issues of fact remain as to the cause of homeowners' water damage, a Pennsylvania federal judge on July 7 declined to grant summary judgment to an insurer based on exclusions for defective construction, seepage, neglect or known loss doctrine (The Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Jonathan Drenocky and Deborah Drenocky, No. 15-762, M.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87711).
Doctor Sentenced To 46 Months, Ordered To Pay $2M For False Diagnoses
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on July 7 sentenced a doctor to 46 months in prison and ordered him to pay $2.1 million in restitution for providing false diagnoses for patients who chose to enroll in the Medicare Advantage program, a voluntary system that allows Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in health insurance plans sponsored by private insurance companies (United States of America v. Issac K.A. Thompson, No. 15-cr-80012, S.D. Fla.).
6th Circuit Affirms Doctor's 45-Year Sentence For Misdiagnosing Patients
CINCINNATI - A Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 25 affirmed a federal judge in Michigan's decision to impose a 45-year prison sentence on a doctor who pleaded guilty to 13 counts of insurance fraud for intentionally misdiagnosing patients to submit false insurance claims (United States of America v. Farid Fata, No. 15-1935, 6th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 9755).
Home Health Care Agency Owners Sentenced For Roles In $80M Fraud Scheme
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The owners of Global Healthcare Inc. were sentenced by a federal judge in the District of Columbia on June 3 after they were found guilty of engaging in a scheme that defrauded the District of Columbia Medicaid program (D.C. Medicaid) of more than $80 million (United States of America v. Florence Bikundi, et al., No. 14cr30, D. D.C.).
Staffing Company Owner Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison Over Fraud Scheme
MIAMI - A federal judge in Florida on May 31 sentenced the owner of a consulting and medical staffing company to five years in prison and ordered him to pay $2.3 million in restitution for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme (United States of America v. Milka Alvarez, et al., No. 15-cr-20436, S.D. Fla.).
Durable Medical Equipment Provider Sentenced For Medicare Fraud Scheme
TAMPA, Fla - The owner of a company that provided durable medical equipment was sentenced by a federal judge in Florida on June 13 to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay $918,402 in restitution for his role in a $2.5 million Medicare fraud scheme (United States of America v. Ubert G. Rodriguez, No. 13cr372, M.D. Fla.).
Owner, Chief Financial Officer Of Company Sentenced For Health Care Fraud
BATON ROUGE, La. - The owner and chief financial officer of a health care company were sentenced June 3 by a federal judge in Louisiana to 36 months and 44 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in a $1 million fraud scheme (United States of America v. Sedric C. Blakes, et al., No. 15-cr-16, M.D. La.).
Judge Sentences Doctor, Drug Dealer Over Fraudulent Painkiller Prescriptions
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - A federal judge in Pennsylvania on May 25 sentenced a doctor and drug dealer to terms in prison for their roles in a scheme involving prescriptions for oxycodone that were fraudulently billed to Medicare and distributed (United States of America v. John Terry, et al., No. 14cr207, M.D. Pa.).
Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss State Farm's Amended Fraudulent Billing Suit
PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge in Pennsylvania on May 18 denied a motion to dismiss State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.'s amended lawsuit accusing a medical practice of submitting fraudulent bills, holding that the company need not prove that it justifiably relied on the bills (State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Leonard Stavropolskiy, P.T., D.C., et al., No. 15-cv-5929, E.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65234).
Judge Refuses To Reconsider Ruling Allowing Counterclaims Against State Farm
DETROIT - A federal judge in Michigan on June 8 denied State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.'s motion to reconsider her Feb. 23 order denying the insurer's motion to dismiss a medical group's counterclaims for fraud, civil conspiracy and violation of the Michigan Unfair Trade Practices Act (MUTPA), holding that the recent decision in State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Louis Radden, D.O., et al., (2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20717 [E.D. Mich.]) did not constitute an intervening authority (State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Universal Rehab Services Inc., et al., No. 15-10999, E.D. Mich.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74495).
Appeals Court Finds Couple's Misrepresentation Over Fire Alarm Warrants Reversal
MIAMI - A Florida appellate panel on June 15 overturned a judgment awarded to a couple following a nonjury trial, finding that their failure to inform their insurance company that their home did not have a central monitoring system for smoke, temperature and burglary was a material misrepresentation (Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London v. Raul Jimenez, et al., No. 3D15-54, Fla. App., 3rd Dist.; 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 9231).
Appeals Court Affirms Denial Of Attorney's Demurrer Request In Fraud Suit
LOS ANGELES - A California appellate panel on May 23 affirmed a trial court judge's ruling denying an attorney's request for demurrer in a lawsuit where he is accused of soliciting Fire Insurance Exchange customers to submit fraudulent insurance claims following wildfires in 2007, 2008 and 2009, holding that the insurer's lawsuit is not subject to the prefiling requirements of California Civil Code Section 1714.10 (People of the State of California, ex rel. Fire Insurance Exchange, et al. v. Robert B. Amidon, et al., No. B258556, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 3; 2016 Calif. Unpub. LEXIS 3771).
Magistrate Judge Finds Insurer's Attempted Procedural Fencing Warrants Abstention
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A federal magistrate judge in Alabama on May 23 dismissed without prejudice Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Co.'s declaratory judgment action over its denial of a fire loss claim, ruling that the insurer attempted to engage in procedural fencing by filing suit after learning of the defendants' intent to pursue a parallel action in state court (Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Company v. Donald E. Butler, et al., No. 15-cv-01244-JEO, N.D. Ala.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66553).
Judge Denies Man's Motion To Vacate Sentence For Workers' Compensation Fraud
ABINGDON, Va. - A federal judge in Virginia on June 9 denied a man's motion to vacate his 144-month prison sentence for his role in a workers' compensation insurance fraud scheme, holding that his counsel was effective and that the sentence was properly adjusted based on the defendant's criminal history (United States of America v. Carlos Perry, No. 14CR00003, W.D. Va.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74977).
North Carolina Panel Affirms Sentencing Over Staged Auto Accident
RALEIGH, N.C. - A North Carolina Court of Appeals panel on May 17 affirmed a trial court judge's decision to sentence a man accused of insurance fraud to 15 to 27 months in prison, holding that the judge did not err by failing to dismiss the suit due to a variance in the indictment (State of North Carolina v. Patrick Henry Alston, No. COA15-966, N.C. App.; 2016 N.C. App. LEXIS 551).
Insurance-Purchasing Group's Motion To Dismiss Denied By Federal Judge
PHILADELPHIA - An insurance-purchasing group's motion to dismiss Aspen Specialty Insurance Co.'s suit seeking rescission of policies it issued to the company based on material misrepresentations was denied by a federal judge in Pennsylvania on June 9, after the judge found that the insurer sufficiently stated claims for relief (Aspen Specialty Insurance Company v. Hospitality Supportive Systems LLC, No. 16-1133, E.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75110).
California Appeals Court: Man Waived Right To Appeal As Part Of Plea
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A California appeals panel on June 9 refused to vacate a man's sentence of 24 months of probation after pleading guilty to two counts of making a fraudulent claim for payment of a loss under a contract of insurance, holding that he waived his right to appeal as part of the agreement (People of the State of California v. Ivan Romano, No. E064149, Calif. App., 4th Dist., Div. 2; 2016 Calif. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4225).