Insurance fraud can vary from someone visiting the doctor with a friend’s insurance card to a dentist filing insurance claims for procedures that never occurred to a person committing arson in order to collect insurance money. The bottom line is that if you used any kind of false claim or false information to obtain money or services from an insurance company, you could be charged with insurance fraud. If you have been accused of insurance fraud, you will need the kind of quality representation that only comes from working with a top San Diego criminal attorney like Peter M. Liss.
The most commonly prosecuted types of insurance fraud in San Diego include automobile and workers’ compensation fraud. If you are accused of falsely reporting your car stolen or submitting phony rental car claims you can be prosecuted for fraud.
Workers’ compensation fraud cases focus on both employers and employees. Employers can be prosecuted for understating their payroll or paying workers in cash to avoid carrying sufficient workers’ compensation insurance. Employees who are accused of faking injuries can also be prosecuted.
Depending on the amount of money the act of fraud cost the insurance company and whether other crimes were involved -such as arson or identity theft, insurance fraud may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.
Even if you have not yet been arrested or charged with insurance fraud, if you believe you are under investigation for the crime, you should immediately contact a skilled San Diego criminal lawyer. A defense attorney in San Diego can help protect your rights during the investigation process and ensure you do not unwillingly provide additional evidence to the police that may hurt your case.
It is important to know that insurance companies have entire departments of specialized investigators working to catch those who commit insurance fraud and any evidence they uncover against you will be given over to the police to be used against you in the criminal investigation. You do not want to go against these specialists alone. A Vista defense lawyer like Peter M. Liss can help prepare you and defend you from these investigators as well as those employed by the police.
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