Healthcare Fraud Attorney
Healthcare fraud is a serious crime that involves the submission of false or misleading claims to health insurance providers or government programs. This type of fraud can take many different forms, but the vast majority consist of billing fraud for medical services.
Billing fraud occurs when healthcare providers submit claims for services or procedures that were not actually provided or were provided at a higher cost than what was actually charged. This can result in millions of dollars of losses for insurance providers and the government, and as such, is taken very seriously by law enforcement agencies and federal authorities.
Bullotta Law in Detroit, Michigan understands the complexities of healthcare fraud and is committed to defending individuals and businesses accused of such crimes. With decades of experience in fraud crimes, we can guide you through the process and maximize your chances of resolving your case with a favorable outcome. Our law firm has successfully defended clients against a wide range of federal charges, including healthcare fraud.
There are many different types of healthcare fraud, but some of the most common that our federal criminal attorneys handle include:
- Billing Fraud: As mentioned earlier, billing fraud occurs when healthcare providers submit false or misleading claims to insurance providers or government programs. This can include charging for services that were not actually provided, inflating the cost of services, or billing for services that were deemed medically unnecessary.
- Medicaid Fraud: Medicaid is a government program that provides healthcare to low-income individuals and families. Medicaid fraud occurs when healthcare providers submit false or misleading claims to the Medicaid program for services that were not actually provided or were provided at a higher cost than what was actually charged. These claimants intentionally deceive the health care system to receive unlawful benefits or payments.
- Kickbacks: Kickbacks occur when health care providers receive payments or other incentives in exchange for referring patients to other providers or for prescribing certain medications or medical devices. This type of fraud is illegal under federal law and can result in significant penalties if convicted.
- Fraud Scheme: Fraud schemes can take many different forms, but generally it involves a group of individuals or businesses working together to defraud insurance providers or government programs. These schemes can be very complex and may involve multiple layers of fraud.
Penalties for Healthcare Fraud
Healthcare fraud is a federal crime, and as such, the penalties for a federal government fraud conviction can be severe. Depending on the specific nature of the crime, penalties can include fines, imprisonment, and exclusion from participating in government healthcare programs. In addition, healthcare providers convicted of fraud may be required to repay any money that was fraudulently obtained.
Under the False Claims Act, healthcare providers can be held liable for submitting false claims to government healthcare programs. This law allows the government to recover up to three times the amount of damages that were caused by the fraud, as well as penalties per false claim submitted.
Bullotta Law: Meet Your Dedicated Federal Criminal Attorney
If you or your business is facing allegations of healthcare fraud, it is important to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney. Also, the earlier we are brought in, the better your chances are of never seeing the case get charged or go to trial, of getting charges lessened or dismissed, or of negotiating a settlement.
At Bullotta Law in Detroit, Michigan, we specialize in defending individuals and businesses accused of federal crimes, including healthcare fraud. We understand the complexities of federal law and can provide you with the legal representation you need to defend yourself against suspected fraud.
No matter your situation, we at Bullotta Law can help you enormously by getting out ahead of your case and building a strong defense against the charges you are or may be facing.