Los Angeles Healthcare Fraud Attorney
Understanding Healthcare Fraud Criminal Offenses
Healthcare fraud entails knowingly and willfully executing or attempting to execute a scheme or means of defrauding any healthcare benefit program, or, by fraud, false pretenses, representations or promises obtain any money or property owned by or controlled by any healthcare benefit program. Contacting a practiced criminal defense attorney is essential if you are facing a healthcare fraud investigation. You can face severe fines and up to 10 years imprisonment or both if convicted.
Some types of healthcare fraud include:
- Billing personal expenses
- Billing for services/products not delivered
- Billing for more expensive services/products than were delivered
- Arranging for and paying or receiving kickbacks
- Overpricing of services/products
- Unnecessary treatment
- Billing items separately that should be billed together
- Falsifying claims in order to receive payment
Healthcare fraud has recently been covered widely by the media and is on the mind of many Americans. Many health care providers are finding themselves having to justify items and services billed to insurance companies and healthcare benefit programs like
Medicare . Additionally, more and more providers are finding they have to defend against accusations of health care fraud.
Investigators and prosecutors from the federal government will thoroughly research allegations of health care fraud. If you are undergoing an investigation you need the help of a savvy and resourceful criminal defense lawyer from Cron, Israels & Stark.
Enlist a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer
An investigation of healthcare fraud can be one of the most upsetting things that can happen to a healthcare provider. Any federal investigation is a serious matter. Our attorney will assist in evaluating the allegations as to whether there is any basis for the investigation or not. We will guide you through all aspects of the investigation while preserving your rights in the process.
Related Federal HealthCare Fraud Crime Stories in the News:
US Department of Justice - "Defendant Sentenced in Medicare Fraud Scheme Targeting Elderly"
A total of 17 defendants were convicted in United Sates Federal Court in Santa Ana, California for a health care fraud scheme. Convictions were for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to receive kickbacks, aiding and abetting a false claim and health care fraud.
US Department of Justice - "Six Defendants Found Guilty of Health Care Fraud in Los Angeles"
A federal jury convicted six defendants indicted in relation to a ring that defrauded Medi-Cal by using unlicensed individuals to provide in-home care to disabled patients, many of them children with cerebral palsy or developmental disabilities.
US Department of Justice - "Four Indicted with Federal Medicare Fraud Conspiracy in San Diego"
A United States Attorney announced that a seventeen-count indictment was unsealed that charges four individuals in a Medicare billing fraud conspiracy. The indictment relates to the operation of fraudulent billing at a medical office clinic that paid kickbacks to recruiters or “cappers” to bring in patients.
Los Angeles Daily News - "Armenian Organized Crime Grows More Complex"
Few criminal groups can match the sophistication of Armenian scammers, who developed an uncanny savvy for probing weaknesses in government systems. They have been known for devising complex white collar schemes such as credit card fraud, identity theft, healthcare fraud, Medicare fraud, and mortgage fraud.