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 Doctors Going to Prison? 

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Why Are Doctors Going to Prison?

Many doctors are going to prison because they failed to understand effective mitigation strategies early.

Today’s article offers more insight on the importance of developing mitigation strategies in business, and in life. A Department of Justice press release published the following article:

Dr. Sriramloo Kesari clearly invested many years of his life to earn credentials that would allow him to practice medicine. Unfortunately, he did not invest a sufficient amount of time to understand government investigations. In this case, a DEA agent went undercover. While operating in an undercover capacity, the DEA agent sought to elicit evidence that would show how and why the doctor violated the Controlled Substances Act.

A good mitigation strategy should begin early—before a government investigation begins. In Dr. Kesari’s case, the government alleged that he operated a cash-only basis. Typically, medical professionals do not operate “cash-only businesses.” That’s not to imply that a medical practice may not have a good reason to operate a cash-only business. But if the physician has not documented a coherent, best-practice strategy, the business could be vulnerable to an investigation.

More doctors are going to prison because authorities have been aggressive in targeting all types of white-collar crime. For that reason, doctors and other professionals that want to avoid going to prison should learn more about mitigation strategies at every stage. Those stages include:

  • At the start of architecting a business,
  • Before an investigation begins,
  • Before a charging decision,
  • Before a plea decision,
  • Before a presentence investigation report,
  • Before sentencing,
  • Post sentencing
  • Before Supervised Release

A criminal charge has enormous implications for a person’s life. This article will offer more insight on mitigation strategies and why they’re important.


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