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Healthcare Fraud

Boston Healthcare Fraud Defense Attorney

Massachusetts Healthcare Fraud Definition

Have you been charged with healthcare fraud? If so, act fast to get a skilled attorney on your side. Depending on your circumstances a conviction for this offense could result in up to life in prison and substantial fines. As a federal offense, healthcare fraud is defined as engaging in a plan with the intent to defraud a healthcare benefit program.

Specifically, U.S. Code § 1347 states that a person engages in this prohibited conduct when they knowingly and willfully carry out a scheme:

  • To defraud a health care benefit program; or
  • To obtain money or property from a health care benefit program by using false pretenses or representations

The consequences can be long-lasting, and you could suffer the effects long after you have served your time. For instance, having a criminal record could ruin your reputation, make it difficult to get a job, present challenges when looking for housing, and disqualify you from government benefits.

For the aggressive defense you need to fight your charges, call our white collar criminal defense firm today at 617-227-3700.

Healthcare Fraud Penalties in MA

The specific punishments you could face depend on the circumstances, but could include:

  • Up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine
  • Up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine if the fraud resulted in serious injury
  • Up to life in prison and/or a fine if the conduct resulted in death

For instance, a healthcare practitioner may be accused of this offense if they:

  • Obtain unneeded, covered prescriptions with the purpose of selling them for profit
  • Bill the health care programs for services they never provided
  • Claim a non-covered service as a covered one
  • Accept kickbacks for referrals
  • Prescribe unnecessary medical treatment

A beneficiary may be charged under U.S. Code § 1347 if they engage in behavior that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Falsifying information on claims forms
  • Selling their prescription medications
  • Using someone else’s insurance card

Regardless of how complex your case may seem or how much evidence you believe the prosecutor has, Attorney Martin G. Weinberg will be by your side, fighting to protect your rights and freedoms. When you’re facing criminal charges, the prosecution must prove your guilt. With decades of legal experience, he knows how to develop strong defense strategies to cast doubt on the accusations against you.

With the consequences of a healthcare fraud charge and conviction being so severe, it’s crucial to have a Boston attorney on your side committed to standing up for you. Attorney Martin G. Weinberg is that lawyer and provides the type of service needed. He has extensive experience arguing cases in federal courts and has in-depth knowledge of the system. Count on Attorney Weinberg to skillfully guide you through the legal process from start to finish.

Highly Revered & Recommended

Marty is a lawyer’s lawyer – an unparalleled legal technician with a philosopher’s vision. Marty sees the nuances in the shadows in the edges of the furthest reaches of the law and brings it all back to first principles and fundamental values.

NACDL Past President Martín Sabelli

Some lawyers have been gifted with extraordinary intellects, others prodigious trial skills, and still others a relentless work ethic. Marty has the rare combination of all three, and that is what truly sets him apart within the defense bar.

Robert M. Goldstein

Marty is the go-to lawyer for those with complex legal and trial issues – there is no one better. Most importantly, he is an all-around terrific person.

NACDL Past President Gerald Lefcourt

Whether it was his surgical cross-examination of co-defendant-turned cooperating-witness Joseph Lally or his home run closing argument, the Boston lawyer established that the evidence against Vitale simply was not there.

David Frank, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

God forbid I ever have a problem, he’d be my lawyer.

David Chesnoff

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