On Thursday, October 28th, a verdict was handed down in the drug conspiracy case related to the 2007 drug overdose death of Anna Nicole Smith. Smith’s boyfriend/lawyer/agent/friend, Howard K. Stern, and her doctors, Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich, were each accused of illegally providing drugs to Smith, by excessively prescribing opiates and sedatives to the deceased star, and using fake names to obtain prescriptions. All three defendants had pled not guilty. Ultimately, Kapoor was acquitted on all charges but Stern and Eroshevich were found guilty on several counts. Attorney Stern was convicted on two of nine counts for giving false names and acting by fraud to obtain prescriptions. Eroshevich was convicted of unlawfully prescribing painkiller Vicodin by fraud. The Playboy model and E! reality star Anna Nicole died on February 8, 2007 at age 39. For more information about Anna Nicole Smith, see the following article: “An Inside Look at Anna’s Fight” by Michael M. Martino, Jr., featured in the Long Island Press (February 15-February 21, 2007 Edition)
Leonard Leeds is a senior partner at Leeds Morelli and Brown, PC who represented Smith during her 12 year battle over her deceased husband’s $1.6 billion estate, the Estate of J. Howard Marshall. In addition to good estate planning practice, a high profile personality such as Smith needed someone to protect her interests during her life. Smith, unfortunately, trusted her businesses and health to a man like Howard K. Stern. Stern, who was found guilty on many counts, including fraud. Fraud is a crime as well as a civil law violation. Fraud is defined as a deceptive illegal act carried out in order to secure unfair or unlawful financial gain at the expense of another person or persons. Fraud law is also commonly referred to as white collar crime law. There are many sub-categories of fraud law that outline and enforce statutes based on specific types of fraudulent activity and covers acts in the following settings: insurance, securities, health care, government, credit card, and any other business setting. Fraud law also covers fraudulent acts carried out through the following means: the internet (email and World Wide Web), telephone, wire and mail. A fraud law violation can be punishable in either a civil or criminal court, depending on the circumstances and the severity of the crime in question. Punishment for fraud law violation can range from fines to imprisonment. Read More
The attorneys at Leeds, Morelli & Brown, P.C. have extensive experience with respect to all areas of estate planning and protective estate measures in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island, as well as nationally. For questions regarding estate planning, please contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-888-556-2529 or visit the firm’s website at www.lbestatelaw.com.