Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced the successful completion of one of the largest healthcare fraud roundups in history -leaving over 400 people in handcuffs for over $1.3 billion in fraudulent health charges. While operations this size are rare, medical billing fraud is one of the most common forms of fraud in San Diego and anyone charged with this crime should contact a Mira Mesa white collar crimes defense attorney as soon as possible.
There are many different ways healthcare fraud is carried out and even in this massive federal sting, some of the defendants have been accused of charging for false treatments and tests while others have been charged with illegally and unnecessarily prescribing narcotics. One of the most common aspects of medical fraud is that the healthcare provider illegally billed Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance companies for unnecessary or unperformed services, treatments and prescriptions. If you’re not sure if an activity would be considered a form of fraud, a La Jolla medical billing fraud lawyer can help answer any questions you might have.
The penalties for fraud vary greatly based on what specifically occurred. Those cases involving large quantities of money or that may have resulted in someone being hurt through the reckless performance of unnecessary medical services or prescriptions will carry much more serious sentences. In most healthcare fraud cases, the organization responsible will no longer be able to participate in federal and state healthcare programs and the doctors involve will often have their medical licenses suspended or revoked. Those responsible will generally be forced to pay back those they defrauded as well. A Del Mar healthcare fraud attorney can let you know what specific penalties you face if you have been charged with this crime.
If you have any questions about medical fraud or if you have been charged with healthcare fraud, Carmel Valley white collar defense lawyer Peter M. Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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