Not everybody who is investigated for Medicaid fraud is truly guilty of intentional deception. There are times when honest errors occur. However, this does not alleviate the fact that the person being investigated still needs to present a defense. This is where Medicaid Fraud Lawyers come into play. An attorney experienced in these matters will know what possible civil and criminal penalties are possible and how to best defend against them.
There are a variety of reasons why a person may be under investigation for fraud. These would include proclaiming false information on an application form, forging a prescription, re-selling items that are provided by Medicaid, and using more than one Medicaid card. Some of these situations may be honest mistakes or performed without knowledge that they are against the rules. In any case, a fraud lawyer should be contacted before speaking with anybody from Medicaid or representing Medicaid.
In many cases, a target letter from an investigator at the Bureau of Fraud Investigators at the Human Resources Administration will be mailed to the person under investigation. If this is the case, it means that the recipient has come onto the radar of investigators by any number of means. These would include the recipient’s name being found on the title of a car, if children are going to a private school, income being reported that affects eligibility, or being reported by someone as having committed fraud, among other reasons.
If a letter like this is received, it is in the best interests of the recipient to contact a firm of Medicaid Fraud Lawyers. The investigators will most often attempt to lure the recipient into the office to admit to wrongdoings and then attempt to levy a hefty and unreasonable penalty. An experienced firm will often be able to prove that allegations are not correct or may be able to reduce or eliminate penalties if fraud is proven to have occurred.
For more information about Medicaid Fraud Lawyers, contact an experienced attorney such as Mark Aberasturi. He has years of experience in dealing with these types of cases and has a high rate of client satisfaction with the results he has attained.