According to a report, two women have admitted to defrauding a charity in New Jersey. The report says that the woman worked for a company that was administering a program for donated medications. These medications were donated by a pharmaceutical company in order to help patients with HIV and cancer who could not afford medications on their own.
Both woman were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and reportedly pleaded guilty to the crime federal court. This means they could be sentenced for up to 20 years in prison and large fines. The report indicated that the women allegedly defrauded the program out of $7 million worth of medications. These offenses are extremely serious.
When a person is accused of a serious crime, it might be wise for them to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney in New Jersey. They can help a person form a rigorous defense. Seeking help before admitting guilt can help make sure a person understands their rights, how the court process works and exactly what a guilty plea might mean for them.
Sometimes authorities will say things or make promises to try to get a person to admit to a crime, even if there might not be enough evidence to convict them should the case go to trial. Not only could these charges result in significant jail time, they could also lead to severe damage to a person's reputation and future potential.
Source: NJ Today, "NJ Women Admit Defrauding Charity Program Of $7 Million In HIV & Cancer Medication," Nov. 14, 2012
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