Health care fraud is also commonly called medical insurance billing fraud, health insurance fraud, HMO fraud, Medicare fraud or Medi-Cal Fraud.
These violations include:
If the allegedly fraudulent claims are worth no more than nine hundred fifty dollars ($950) in total, then the offense is a misdemeanor. The potential penalties are imprisonment in a county facility for up to six months, a fine of a up to $1,000 or both.
If it is charged as a felony, the maximum penalties are a fine of up to $50,000 or double the amount of the fraud, imprisonment for 2, 3, or 5 years, or both.
You can also lose your professional license.
If you have been charged or are under investigation for Health Care Fraud, it is crucial to have an experienced attorney working for you.
The help of a good lawyer is critical in limiting the damage that a criminal or DUI case can have on your family, your life and your livelihood. Of course a good lawyer can minimize the penalties such as jail, fines and license suspension or revocation.
David E. Jones is a former Deputy District Attorney and a highly skilled DUI/DWI and criminal defense lawyer with more than 20 years of experience helping clients who are facing State and Federal criminal charges.