United States v. Gonzalez, No. 13-15878 (11th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed her conviction of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and a separate count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Defendant's conviction stemmed from her involvement in a scheme to defraud Medicare. The court concluded that the evidence was sufficient to convict defendant where she knew of and willfully joined the charged conspiracies; charging defendant with two separate conspiracy offenses did not violate the Double Jeopardy Clause where each conspiracy requires proof of a unique element not required by the other and each offense was thus textually distinct from the other; and the court rejected defendant's remaining claims of trial error. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.