Chi Yang faced prison time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and restitution when he agreed to plead guilty in connection with fraudulent sales made by his biotech company. Then federal Judge Saundra Armstrong, in what observers call a highly unusual move, refused to accept the plea, stating at a hearing: "It is not my practice to accept guilty pleas from people who are not guilty." The development represents a stumble in the government's ongoing efforts in the arena of health care fraud.
Federal Judge Refuses to Accept Guilty Plea in Health Care Fraud Case
July 21, 2008