Defending Against Health Care Fraud Charges
If you have been charged or believe you are under investigation for health care fraud, you need strong criminal defense, and you must consult with an experienced health care fraud attorney.
Defense lawyer William Mauzy has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience and has achieved a reputation as an exceptional attorney due to his skill in defending his clients. He defends doctors, dentists and other medical professionals and employees in Minnesota against charges alleging:
- Medicare fraud
- Medicaid fraud
- Billing fraud
- Nursing home facility fraud
- Other types of fraud
Call 612-504-5533 for a free initial consultation with William Mauzy, Attorney at Law.
Common Health Care Fraud Charges
Both state and federal prosecutors bring health care fraud charges that involve the complex Medicare and Medicaid system. These charges may cover:
- Improper billing for services not rendered or services not authorized
- Billing twice for the same services
- Service “upcoding” or to charge more for a service than permitted for the type of services provided or the professional level of the health care professional actually providing the services
- Prohibited payments for referrals and any false statements to obtain payments
Generally, the charges require the prosecution to prove an intent to defraud; mistakes and actions taken in good faith should not result in convictions.
Many Individuals Make Honest Mistakes
Health care fraud charges are serious accusations often levied against individuals with no prior criminal record, who inadvertently fail to comply with complex rules and regulations promulgated by the many state and federal agencies that supervise the medical field.
Honest mistakes can lead to unfair criminal charges of fraud in Minneapolis. These cases often stem from innocent misunderstandings since the regulations and processes involved with public health care programs are complex and present many opportunities for honest mistakes to be made. In the eyes of law enforcement, mistakes are incorrectly viewed as deliberate acts of fraud and prosecuted as health care fraud.
You must acquire representation immediately when facing the possibility of criminal charges. At the state and federal level, these cases can be effectively won or lost early on in the investigation phase due to the complexity of the issues in question. It is crucial to seek the advice of an attorney as soon as you suspect you are under investigation or are charged.