United States v. Valdez, No. 12-50027 (5th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendant, a psychiatrist, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud; six counts of health care fraud relating to six specific patients; six counts of false statements relating to health care matters relating to six specific insurance claims; one count of money laundering; and two counts of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity. Defendant raise numerous issues on appeal challenging his conviction and sentence. The court concluded that the only errors that the court found - the erroneous application of two sentencing enhancements and the failure to inquire whether either party requested that the jury determine forfeiture - related to sentencing and thus clearly did not require reversal of the convictions. The court rejected defendant's remaining arguments and affirmed his conviction and sentence.