Federal Health Care Fraud Defense Attorneys
Providing high quality representation for individuals facing health care fraud allegations
While the media tends to focus on high-profile violent crimes, federal prosecutors take white collar crimes just as seriously, especially crimes against the government. Health care fraud is one of the most prevalent of these crimes and costs federal agencies an estimated $80 billion on an annual basis. Because of the extreme cost of health care fraud, prosecutors will aggressively pursue charges against you if they suspect you engaged in this type of fraudulent activity, and Congress has set out severe penalties if you are convicted.
Health care fraud schemes may be extensive and can involve many different players. Too often, it’s easy to get caught up in a health care situation that involves criminal conduct of which you were not aware or where you were acting at the instruction of others. Others may implicate you or blame you to keep out of trouble themselves. No matter what your situation may be, it is vital to have representation by a passionate criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights during the criminal process.
If you are facing health care fraud allegations, do not hesitate to call 203-946-2000 to consult with highly skilled federal criminal defense lawyers Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas at Duffy Law, LLC.
What constitutes health care fraud?
Any act intended to obtain financial gain by deceiving or defrauding a health care program run by the federal government can be considered health care fraud. Most health care fraud cases involve either Medicaid or Medicare, the two largest United States health programs that aim to assist low-income or elderly individuals receive quality health care at low cost. Health care providers are the parties most commonly targeted in health care fraud cases, though schemes can include individuals and even health insurance companies.
Types of fraud that commonly occur against these programs include as follows:
- Billing for services that were knowingly not provided
- Billing for a particular service when a different serviced was provided
- Claiming that a service was covered when it should not be covered
- Accepting or offering kickbacks for referrals or other fraudulent assistance
- Billing generic prescriptions as non-generics for profit
- Providing unnecessary services or procedures for billing purposes
- Billing for medical equipment that was never actually purchased
Regardless of the role you allegedly played in a health card fraud scheme or the type of fraudulent acts that took place, the penalties can be severe and you need a federal criminal defense attorney handling your case who understands how to defend against this type of charge. These cases can involve many different laws, including the False Claims Act, the Stark Law, and the federal Anti-Kickback law. Penalties for violating these laws can include extensive fines, restitution to the government, exclusion from future federal program participation, loss of a medical license, and even imprisonment.
An experienced Connecticut federal health care fraud defense attorney can assist you
The team at Duffy Law, LLC includes former federal prosecutor, defense attorney Felice Duffy, and former federal defender, defense attorney Paul Thomas. Their extensive experience with federal cases allows them to fully understand the nature of criminal cases involving fraud in both the government and private sectors. They blend their experience to bring a unique 360-degree approach to the criminal defense of every one of their clients, building an effective defense against your charges. Please call 203-946-2000 to schedule a free consultation with Attorney Duffy or Attorney Thomas today.