Healthcare Fraud

Posted on: December 22, 2014 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange County criminal defense attorneyCalifornia Penal Code 550(a). Healthcare fraud in California includes medical insurance billing fraud, health insurance fraud, HMO fraud, Medicare fraud, and Medi-Cal Fraud. According to a recent AARP Bulletin, more than $60 billion dollars is lost every year in the United States to Medicare fraud. Most healthcare fraud crimes are charged against healthcare professionals accused of submitting inflated or fraudulent claims. If you are accused of healthcare fraud in Orange County or anywhere in California, retain legal representation at once by contacting an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.

Nearly 2,000 people have been charged with more than $6 billion in Medicare fraud since the Justice Department launched its Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 2007. In 2013, a record number of healthcare fraud cases were prosecuted nationally. In California, it’s also a crime to assist someone else in submitting a fraudulent claim, to solicit someone else to submit a fraudulent claim for you, or to engage in a conspiracy with others to submit a fraudulent claim.

If your work for a doctor or a clinic and you accidentally charged Medicare too much, or if you inadvertently mailed duplicate bills or bills for visits that never happened, you could be charged with Medicare fraud. The problem is that these mistakes are the same mistakes everybody makes: doing the math wrong, getting the numbers backwards, or putting the information on the wrong line on a form. Criminal intent can be difficult for a prosecutor to prove in these cases.

So, if you’re charged with healthcare fraud, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be convicted. A prosecutor still must prove your criminal intent and still must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you’re charged with healthcare fraud in Orange County or anywhere in southern California, get the skilled and trustworthy legal help you need and take your case to an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney immediately.