White-Collar Crime

Former BigLaw IP Partner Gets 1 Year in $389K Billing Fraud re Autistic Son's Expenses


A former life sciences practice leader at Morrison & Foerster has been sentenced to one year in a $389,000 billing fraud concerning medical and educational expenses for his autistic son.

The county jail sentence for Jonathan Dickstein, 44, who agreed to pay $260,000 in restitution, disappointed prosecutors, reports the Bay City News. They had sought state prison time and an order requiring him to pay full restitution, with interest, prior to sentencing in the San Francisco Superior Court case.

Dickstein is expected to be ordered to pay additional restitution beyond the $260,000 when he surrenders on Nov. 30, the article says. He and his wife were accused of double-billing both their son’s school district and the law firm for some of the child’s expenses. They also allegedly represented that a company they created, Puzzle Pieces, was a special education services provider and collected money, through that company, for services that they were not eligible to be reimbursed for.

Dickstein’s wife, who pleaded guilty as well, was sentenced to probation.

The San Francisco Examiner also has a story.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Former MoFo Partner Pleads Guilty in Autism Double-Billing Fraud”

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