Medicare / Medicaid Fraud
Medicare and Medicaid are two colossal welfare programs that provide healthcare benefits to tens of millions of Americans. Even with millions of dollars in resources at the Department of Justice going to root out Medicare and Medicaid fraud, there is skepticism about the effort’s success.
Because the programs are so enormous, there is a complexity to the law that makes it difficult for providers and beneficiaries to understand and comply with. Charges of Medicare or Medicaid fraud should be met with a strong defense lawyer who will influence both the prosecution and jury of your innocence.
Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Defense Lawyer in Salt Lake City
Attorney Darren Levitt will diligently review the hundreds to thousands of documents that come along with these complicated healthcare fraud cases. Though you may have been caught unaware by these charges, Levitt Legal, PLLC will guide you through strategy and what to expect from each interaction with the government’s lawyers.
Call (801) 455-1743 today to schedule a free consultation if you are in the Salt Lake City region.
Info on Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Charges in Utah
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Defining Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
Health care fraud is defined in Title 18 U.S. Code § 1347 as knowingly and willfully executing, or attempting to execute, a scheme to defraud any health care benefit program in connection with the delivery of or payment for health care benefits, items, or services. Additionally, anyone involved in a conspiracy to commit fraud can be charged under the same offense. It is in this way that everyone within an entire company can be implicated by health care fraud charges, catching many law-abiding people completely off-guard.
Examples of Medicare and Medicaid fraud include:
- Obtaining prescription drugs through a welfare program that is later sold for profit
- Billing for services that have a higher repayment than the actual service performed
- Billing for services that were never performed
- Billing for an un-covered service when a covered service was provided
- Filing duplicate claims for the same service
- Misreporting income in order to collect benefits
- Loaning another person your insurance card
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Penalties for Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
The penalty for one count of health care fraud is up to 10 years in prison in addition to costly fines. If serious bodily injury occurred due to the fraud, up to 20 years imprisonment can be imposed. If death were to result from the charge of fraud, life imprisonment is the maximum term.
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Finding the Best Defense Attorney for Medicare and Medicaid Fraud in Utah
If you have been targeted by the government on suspicion of Medicare or Medicaid fraud, it is best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. The government’s strategy is to charge everyone involved that it can, and hope it leads to testimony against one another. Levitt Legal, PLLC will represent your interests before and during the trial so that absolving your name is the number one priority.
To meet and review your case, call (801) 455-1743 today. Your first consultation will lay the ground work to securing your liberty and you will leave knowing what your next steps are.