Just how effective is the Neal Davis Law Firm for those needing a Houston white collar criminal defense lawyer?
A Neal Davis client was the only one of 21 defendants to get probation—not prison—in a recent federal telemarketing fraud case involving $300 million.
The 21 defendants were sentenced last week in the Southern District of Texas, located in Houston. All but one of them received prison sentences, which ranged up to 20 years. The sole exception was Neal Davis’ client, who received three years probation.
The case involved an India-based fraud and money laundering conspiracy, which allegedly defrauded thousands of U.S. residents out of millions of dollars.
Reportedly, callers posing as immigration agents would threaten people with arrest or deportation unless payments were made to cover owed income taxes—formal taxes which actually didn’t exist. Once received, the payments were laundered.
Davis defended Nilesh Pandya, age 54, of Stafford. There were two other Texas-based defendants in the federal case: Sunny Joshi and Rajesh Bhatt of Sugar Land. Davis represented only Pandya.
In court, the defendants reached a plea agreement whereby Bhatt and Joshi each received prison sentences of more than 12 years. But Pandya received only three years of probation on one count of conspiracy to commit fraud.
Bhatt’s sentence of 145 months in prison is to be followed by three years of supervised release on one count of money laundering conspiracy. Judge David Hittner also entered a stipulated judicial order to deport Bhatt to India when his sentence ends.
Joshi’s sentence was for 151 months in prison on a charge of money laundering conspiracy and 120 months in prison for naturalization fraud (to run concurrently), followed by three years of supervised release. The judge also entered an order revoking Joshi’s U.S. citizenship and requiring him to surrender his certificate of naturalization.
A history of success in white collar cases
This wasn’t the first time Attorney Davis was able to gain leniency for a federal white collar crime charge against one of his clients.
Last month, also in the U.S. District Court in Houston, Davis’ client Burnie Joseph Haynes was granted a two-year probated sentence for theft of public money after pocketing nearly $290,000 in military pension checks sent to his uncle for 20 years after his death.
Following Davis’ defense of his client as a contrite family man who was ready to pay restitution, Haynes received only probation. This was granted despite a sentencing guideline of at least 18 months in prison for the federal crime, which was a felony. Even the judge in the case acknowledged that the sentence for Davis’ client was “lenient.”
Texans in Harris County, Fort Bend County, and Montgomery County who need an experienced defense lawyer for a white collar offense know where to turn: the Neal Davis Law Firm.
Contact us today for a free and confidential legal review of your case. We’re ready to help.