Criminal Justice

Former MoFo Partner Pleads Guilty in Autism Double-Billing Fraud

Jonathan Dickstein, a former co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s life sciences practice in San Francisco, has pleaded guilty in a $400,000 fraud involving his son’s autism services.

Dickstein was accused of creating a dummy company and using it to double bill his two insurers and the San Francisco schools for home schooling and medical expenses for his autistic son. He pleaded guilty to 31 felony counts on Tuesday, the Am Law Daily reports.

Dickstein rejected a plea bargain that called for prison time, a spokesman for the District Attorney’s office told the publication. Instead he pleaded “open to the court,” leaving sentencing to a judge’s discretion.

Dickstein’s wife, Barclay Lynn, also pleaded guilty to 31 counts last month, the story says. She was sentenced to one day in jail, with credit for time served, and five years’ probation. She also will be required to repay the money with her husband. Jonathan Dickstein will be sentenced on Nov. 15.

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