Tampa Health Care Fraud Attorneys
Under 18 U.S.C. Section 1347, health care fraud is defined as a party knowingly and willfully executing or attempting to execute fraud on a health care benefit program or fraudulently obtaining money or property from a health care benefit program in connection with the delivery of or payment for health care benefits, items or services.
The penalties for conviction of health care fraud include:
- A prison term up to 10 years
- If the fraud causes serious bodily injury, a prison term up to 20 years
- If it causes death, the sentence can be up to life in prison
In addition to a prison sentence, you could lose your professional license, be subject to hefty fines and years of probation. At O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA, we work to protect the rights and professional careers of parties charged with health care fraud. We are former prosecutors who know how to battle the federal government. Our founding attorneys have more than 25 years of combined criminal law experience, as well as the skill to create a defense strategy tailored to your unique case. Our results for many of our clients facing state and federal charges speak for themselves.
Aggressive Florida Defense Against Federal Charges
The Tampa health care fraud lawyers at O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA, will effectively represent individuals and businesses charged with health care fraud, including doctors, dentists, hospitals, clinics, laboratories, medical suppliers, medical billers, office managers and employers.
Some of the charges associated with provider health care fraud include overbilling, double billing, unbundling, upcoding, falsifying invoices, HIPAA violations, receiving kickbacks, performing unnecessary procedures and surgeries, and Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
To convict an individual or business of health care fraud, the prosecution must prove that a fraudulent claim was submitted and that the organization knew that the claim was fraudulent. Our attorneys will strive to show that there was no fraudulent intent. In some cases, a simple error in accounting, such as the selection of the wrong code or poor record keeping, can be mistaken for intentional fraud.