Fraud in the healthcare industry can take many forms, but few of these crimes impact the individual healthcare consumer like the crime of excessive services. A Federal healthcare fraud charge related to excessive services carries heavy penalties that can stem from suits originated by either the government or individual consumers.
A Maryland Federal healthcare fraud attorney who has experience dealing with excessive services can work with you to achieve a positive result in your case while looking for ways to mitigate possible penalties.
Typically, healthcare fraud related to excessive services is thought to be:
However, there are many ways that systemic mistakes or simple accounting errors can be misconstrued as fraud. When you are being investigated for excessive services fraud by the government, it is important to have an attorney by your side who can help you to understand your rights and avoid wrongfully incriminating yourself.
The Federal government considers the fraud crime of excessive services to be very serious and attempts to regulate such schemes through various penalties.
18 U.S. Code Section 1347 states that if you knowingly and willfully, attempted or executed, a plan to defraud any type of healthcare benefit program, or, tried to obtain money or property owned by any healthcare benefit program, by way of false or misleading pretenses you may face a penalty of:
Penalties related to excessive services can also come from 18 US Code Section 1035 which stipulates that if you knowingly falsified any statement or representation in a document that was associated with the payment of healthcare benefits or services, you may face a penalty of:
Many of the possible penalties associated with excessive charges are based on your intent. Because of this, it is possible that an experienced Federal healthcare fraud excessive services lawyer can help identify and defend the fact that you did not intentionally commit fraud.
If you would like to consult with an experienced Federal healthcare fraud attorney, please contact our firm today.