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Daytona Beach Federal Health Care Fraud Lawyer

Health care fraud has been a concern for government officials for decades. However, federal authorities have doubled down on their efforts in recent years to counteract misconduct and hold alleged offenders accountable. Misconduct is so common that the Department of Justice has dedicated an entire task force to investigate and pursue suspects, leading to around 400 arrests every year for illegal schemes. On average, defendants who are convicted of health care fraud spend up to 42 months incarcerated.

Therefore, if you are facing charges for defrauding the federal government in connection with health care services, you want to take advantage of all opportunities to avoid a conviction. Retaining legal representation is an essential first step, so please contact the O’Mara Law Group to speak to our Daytona Beach federal health care fraud lawyers. We can schedule a consultation to review the specifics and discuss strategies for fighting the charges. Some general information on the legal process and tips on what to do after an arrest is also helpful.

Common Federal Health Care Fraud Schemes

US criminal laws make it illegal to defraud a health care benefit program or utilize false pretenses to obtain money through a health care program. As a result, officials pursue fraud charges in multiple scenarios:

Patients: If you are the recipient of health benefits under any federal program, you may face fraud charges for misrepresenting eligibility. Examples include hiding or illegally transferring assets to qualify for a needs-based program.

Providers: A medical professional could be arrested for federal health care fraud by making false statements in connection with reimbursement for Medicare, Medicaid, or other programs. It is also against the law to:

  • Falsify medical records;
  • Bill for unnecessary services or medical services that were never provided;
  • Order unnecessary lab screenings and tests;
  • Receive illegal kickbacks for referrals;
  • Prescribe unnecessary medications; and
  • Double bill to the federal government and a private insurance company and/or payor.

What To Do About Federal Health Care Fraud Charges

If convicted, you could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison. Harsher penalties apply when an individual suffers bodily harm because of health care fraud. Therefore, quick action is crucial from the moment you believe you are being investigated. Your first priority should be contacting the O’Mara Law Group to speak with a Daytona Beach health care fraud lawyer who can advise you on next steps. Additional tips can have an impact on your case, so:

  • Do not consent to a search of your home or business.
  • Carefully review any search warrant and deny access as appropriate.
  • Never resist arrest during encounters with police.
  • Decline to answer questions or allow police to interview you.

Speak to a Daytona Beach Federal Health Care Fraud Lawyer Right Away

For more information on options for defending fraud allegations, please contact the O’Mara Law Group to set up a consultation. You can reach our offices by calling 407-634-6604 or completing an online form. Once our federal health care fraud attorneys assess your circumstances, we can advise you on possible strategies.

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