Physician’s Conviction Expunged: A highly regarded physician was convicted of stalking a former boyfriend. She had pled guilty and was placed on probation, but her conviction was wreaking havoc on her hospital privileges and she came to Jim Burdick for help. He successfully petitioned the Court to remove that conviction from her record, and her problems with privileges disappeared.
Defendant Avoids Prosecution and Certain Conviction: A man was charged with aiding the escape of an inmate at the County Jail by switching IDs with him. (This client was in the jail because of a fight with his step-father.) He was facing very serious charges, but by working with a very decent Assistant United States Attorney, Jim Burdick was able to avoid any criminal conviction. Instead, he won a pre-trial diversion for his client by demonstrating to the government the defendant’s f extensive psychological history and emotional issues as the cause of his conduct.
Drug Conspiracy Sentence Halved: Facing more than eight years in prison, Jim Burdick won a sentence of less than four years through his relentless efforts at pleading his client’s case, his horrible childhood and his difficult life. He convinced the judge to give his client this substantial reduction with an extensive sentencing memorandum and vigorous argument at sentencing.
Surgeon’s 4-Year Sentence Reduced to Half-Way House: This client, a physician, was badly injured from a fall. He was prescribed large amounts of opiates for the pain and became addicted, and he started ordering opiates delivered to his home. The government had no evidence that he had diverted any, but the amounts he obtained figured out to 80 or more pills per day and his original lawyer failed to seek an expert witness to disprove the government’s claim that “no one could consume that much and not die.” Burdick Law’s expert witnesses proved that such consumption was not only possible, but not unusual. Jim Burdick also discovered an expert witness who the government agents had interviewed and who told them that 80 pills a day would not lead to death. The agents had suppressed that information.
Psychologist Saved from Criminal Prosecution: A hardworking and sincere psychologist was accused of healthcare fraud and theft of government funds, but because of Jim Burdick’s efforts the government agreed not to prosecute, accepting Burdick’s arguments that there had been no violations and that, therefore, there should not be any prosecution.
Medicare Fraud Trial — Convicted but No Jail: After a trial of several weeks in federal court, every defendant was convicted and sentenced to prison for up to 17 years — except Jim Burdick’s client, the only one to receive straight probation. (Her appeal is pending and she will be exonerated.)
Victory in Prescription Fraud Conspiracy Case: This client, a physician, was one of eight individuals indicted in a prescription drug conspiracy. He was facing a virtual life sentence given his age and the 300,000 Oxycontin pills he prescribed without objective testing. Through Jim Burdick’s efforts to find a path to avoid prison, this physician was permitted to enter a pre-trial diversion program. After 15 months of probation, all charges will be dismissed, while the other defendants were sentenced to as much as 8 years in prison.
Healthcare Fraud Conspiracy — Dismissal: Despite a 20-month investigation and conviction of all the other defendants in a Medicare fraud conspiracy, Jim Burdick obtained a dismissal of all charges against his client.
Medicare Conspiracy — Avoiding Indictment: Jim Burdick was able to convince federal prosecutors in an Eastern seaboard state not to indict his client who owned a chain of therapy clinics, despite some hard-to-explain billing activities. Jim Burdick explained them well enough to avoid charges for his client.
Healthcare Conspiracy — No Jail: Two brothers were the targets of State and federal investigations into Medicaid and Medicare fraud involving millions of dollars. Jim Burdick saved one from being charged at all, and he worked out a reduced plea for the other so that he could receive probation instead of 10 years in prison.
Medicare Fraud Conspiracy — Avoiding Years in Prison: A social worker was accused of defrauding the Medicare Trust Fund of nearly $800,000. Through Jim Burdick’s persistence and hard work, he was able to get her certain three-year sentence reduced to only six-months.
Blue Cross Fraud — All Charges Dismissed: A key employee of a large medical clinic was charged with submitting false billings to Blue Cross. After weeks of a probable cause hearing, Jim Burdick succeeded in getting the judge to dismiss all charges. He then successfully sued Blue Cross for $650,000 in losses suffered by the clinic.
Interstate Narcotics Conspiracy — Acquittal: In a highly-charged drug conspiracy trial, despite photos of the defendant walking in a California Post Office line, while taping together a package later found to contain a huge quantity of narcotics. Even though all of the other defendants pled guilty, Jim Burdick was able to win an outright acquittal for her by proving that federal agents had lied during their trial testimony.
Interstate Narcotics Conspiracy — Acquittal: A client of Jim Burdick’s was indicted for cocaine distribution conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, and all of his property accumulated over a lifetime was seized by the government. Mr. Burdick was able to achieve an agreement with the federal government by which most of the client’s real estate and hundreds of thousands of dollars were returned. Mr. Burdick also obtained an agreement with the government for dismissal of all of the criminal charges. Instead, the government agreed with Mr. Burdick to impose a one-year “diversion” with no criminal conviction, no “probation” or fine, and no criminal record at all.
Narcotics and Money Laundering Conspiracy — Case Dismissed: After a hard-fought, high-profile drug conspiracy trial in Kansas Federal Court, the defendant’s conviction was reversed on appeal and the charges were dismissed when the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the trial judge should have granted Jim’s motion to dismiss in the first place. All charges were dropped.
Money Laundering — Avoiding Indictment: A federal grand jury and federal agents were in hot pursuit of two real estate executives in a southern state because of their purchases and sales of real estate for an accused drug “kingpin.” Jim Burdick’s effective representation of these men resulted in the government’s agreement not to prosecute either of them.
Police Corruption Conspiracy — Acquittal: The only police officer defendant in a 15-defendant corruption conspiracy proceeding to be acquitted of charges after a lengthy and contentious trial was Jim Burdick’s client. He is still in law enforcement today because his innocence was proven.
Counterfeiting Conspiracy — Avoiding Indictment: A young man caught by security cameras passing a great deal of counterfeit U.S. Currency was saved from criminal charges because of Jim Burdick’s impassioned pleas on his client’s behalf. He is a productive citizen today with no further bumps in his road.
Mortgage Fraud — Avoiding Indictment: An otherwise law-abiding building contractor had become deeply enmeshed in someone else’s mortgage fraud scheme, defrauding banks of millions, but Jim Burdick kept him from having any criminal charges brought against him.