Case Study

Branden: Strategic Decision-Making in Healthcare Fraud

From Decades to


Months in Custody


Reduced Sentence

When I was first charged with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, the threat of facing multiple decades in prison was overwhelming. I never considered myself a criminal. Like many of you, I was well-educated, a business professional, and had no criminal history. Yet, my good intentions didn’t stop government investigators from targeting me, and it didn’t stop a prosecutor from threatening me with a criminal indictment.

The U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines were a significant part of the problem. For fraud offenses, the guidelines start at a level six but can escalate dramatically based on factors like the amount of loss involved. In my case, the government alleged that the proceeds from the misconduct involved tens of millions of dollars, which could have resulted in a substantial sentence.

I could have chosen to bury my head in the sand, like some do, clinging to arguments like “I didn’t do anything wrong” or “The government’s evidence is weak.” But I knew better. As a private equity investor, I understood risk and reward. I knew that continuing to fight without a solid strategy would expose me to massive legal expenses, a more significant sentence, and greater post-trial financial obligations.

When I found White Collar Advice, I knew I had found the right team to help me navigate this nightmare. I worked closely with their mitigation experts to create a comprehensive strategy that would minimize my risks and present my case in the best possible light.

With their guidance, I focused on demonstrating my genuine commitment to change and rehabilitation. I built a compelling personal narrative, detailing my accomplishments and efforts to reconcile with society. This narrative was supported by tangible evidence of my community contributions and a strategic timeline that I followed diligently.

When it came time for sentencing, the U.S. Attorney asked for 30 months. The judge, however, recognized my efforts and sentenced me to 37 months, acknowledging the significant work I had done since being charged. With good behavior and participation in the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), I was released in less than 18 months.

Looking back, I see that facing this challenge head-on with the support of White Collar Advice made all the difference. Their expertise, coupled with my willingness to take responsibility and prepare meticulously, turned a potential disaster into an opportunity for redemption and growth. I hope my story inspires others to take proactive steps and seek the right guidance when facing similar situations.