A staggering 44 million Americans are enrolled in the Medicare program: that’s around 15% of the total population of the United States. However, some people get in legal trouble for misusing the Medicare program. So what happens when someone is caught giving false information about their lives?
Medicare fraud is when people or businesses use or receive medicare funds fraudulently. One of the most common forms of Medicare fraud is when people give false information to obtain Medicare funds.
Common examples of providing false Medicare information includes:
- Doctors billing for surgeries that never happened;
- Patients working with medical staff to fake procedures;
- Healthcare providers overcharging for services or supplies;
- Healthcare providers misusing billing codes to increase reimbursements.
Potential Penalties for Medicare Fraud
Medicare fraud is a serious criminal offense because it is a federal crime.
Those convicted of medicare fraud may face the following penalties:
- Imprisonment of not more than ten years; or
- A fine of not more than double the amount stolen through the fraud; or
- Both a fine and a term of imprisonment.
As you can see, the penalties for a conviction of healthcare fraud is no joke.
Have You Been Accused?
If you or a loved one has been accused of providing false Medicare information, you have the right to hire experienced federal defense for your case. The Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC is an award-winning firm known for its thousands of client victories, which means you can trust us to fight on your behalf!
Call (214) 238-9392 now to schedule an initial consultation for your fraud case.