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A federal judge in Louisiana has ruled that Barry Scheur, a managed care executive who is an attorney and is blind, is competent to stand trial in the government’s case that alleges fraud and conspiracy in the management of a now-defunct health insurer. Scheur, a Yale Law School graduate and former partner at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, along with two other former executives are charged with unlawfully paying themselves $6.1 million and misleading the Louisiana Department of Insurance into believing that the insurer, The Oath for Louisiana, was operating in the black. Scheur’s attorney, James A. Brown, a partner with Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans, had argued that Scheur was unable to read and comprehend the financial statements that are the heart of the government’s case. “He has been totally blind since birth,” Brown said. “He is not in a position to assimilate these financial statements.” U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon, in the Eastern District of Louisiana was not persuaded. “Scheur began his career by working for several law firms before accepting an in-house counsel position with a healthcare organization,” the judge wrote. “Indeed, Scheur has touted himself as a �managed care iconoclast.’” The judge determined that Scheur can use his hand-held Braille computer at trial and can use Braille documents during the course of his testimony. The trial is scheduled to begin April 28.

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