If you have been accused of Medicare fraud or if you believe you are currently under investigation for Medicare fraud, you need to protect yourself by hiring a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You may be facing imprisonment and fines if you are convicted of Medicare fraud.
Defining Medicare Fraud
Medicare fraud refers to receiving any kind of healthcare reimbursement under false pretenses such as overbilling a patient or rewarding someone with any type of remuneration for referrals for services that are reimbursed by the federal government. Since the federal government estimates that as much as 10% of all the money spent on healthcare is paid out in fraudulent claims, Medicare and Medicaid fraud have become an increasing topic of focus for the government agencies tasked with investigating these matters.
There’s no single kind of healthcare fraud, but serious penalties can apply for any situation in which you have attempted to defraud the government, even if the error on your end was an honest mistake.
What Penalties Look Like for Medicare/Medicaid Fraud in Texas
Making a false statement or false claim associated with a Medicaid or Medicare claim could lead to up to five years in prison for every offense but a conviction of federal healthcare fraud could lead to up to 10 years in jail for each offense.
If your healthcare fraud situation leads to serious bodily injury for someone else, your prison sentence could be up to 20 years and a healthcare fraud situation that leads to someone’s death could carry life sentence. In addition to spending time in jail, you may also be responsible for paying significant fines.
An individual making any false statement or claim associated with a Medicaid or Medicare case could be facing fines of up to $250,000 per offense, but an organization in the same situation could be paying up to $500,000 for each offense.
Help! I Think I’m Being Investigated or Pursued for Fraud: What Now?
If you believe you’re under investigation for Medicare or Medicaid fraud in Texas or if you have already received notification that you would be charged with earth of these crimes, you need to consult with a Houston Medicare fraud defense attorney as soon as possible. This is the best way to protect your rights and to ensure that you have someone aggressively advocating for you for the duration of the case.
Since the outcome of a Medicare fraud case can influence your future and your career, it is in your best interests to hire an attorney with a background in this field. Hire a Houston criminal defense attorney dedicated to protecting you.
Whether you’re concerned because you’ve received a call from an investigator, you’ve already gotten a subpoena for records, or whether you just want clarification about how to handle a potential investigation, my law office is here to help you.