Many times I am hired when a person or company is under investigation for supposedly committing a crime, both in and near Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia and in other parts of the United States (and sometimes even in foreign nations). Some of these investigations turn into criminal cases. Other times, no charges are brought. However, today I want to talk about a third type of result; when the criminal case turns into a civil settlement.
Many businesses operate in a highly regulated environment. For example, companies that provide services that are paid by Medicaid/Medicare or an insurance company almost always have to comply with lots of rules and regulations that in the end come out of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”).
For a few years I’ve been working with some extremely honorable folks who operate several businesses that provided mental health and other services to poor people. Sometimes, they even give free housing, transportation and food to the poor. The payments for mental health services were provided from federal money that went to the State of Georgia. All this federal money comes with lots of federal regulations that must be complied with. Continue reading