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 Federal 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. Contact our law firm to review your case.