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Healthcare Related Crimes

Criminal Law Attorneys Defend You Against Charges for New York City Healthcare-Related Crimes

Let a team of criminal defense veterans fight zealously for your rights

Healthcare-related crimes are considered white collar crimes. Like many other white collar crimes, they may be prosecuted by the state or the federal government. With 45 years of combined experience, we at Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP handle both simple, state-level misdemeanor cases and complicated federal matters.

Types of healthcare crimes

If you are charged with state-level healthcare fraud, you may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. However, as the amount of money you are charged with wrongfully acquiring through healthcare fraud increases, so do the penalties you face. For committing healthcare fraud in the first degree, meaning the amount you fraudulently acquired exceeds $1 million, you are charged with a Class B felony and face between one and nine years in prison.

Following are other types of healthcare crimes:

  • Services not provided — This offense occurs when you bill for services that have not been rendered. In some cases, it may involve other crimes, such as accepting kickbacks or unlawfully forging signatures.
  • Duplicate claims — Medicare may be defrauded by filing the same claim twice and changing only minor details, thereby allowing you to receive double payment for a single service or piece of equipment.
  • Kickbacks — Kickbacks are gifts of money, jewelry or other items used to encourage medical professionals to use certain medical services.
  • Services and items upcoding — Upcoding is the act of billing Medicare for more expensive items and services than were actually provided.
  • Unnecessary services — Sometimes a provider bills for a service that was not related to the patient’s care or condition.

Federal healthcare crime investigations

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary law enforcement agency that handles healthcare crimes. With its various field offices, the FBI is able to proactively investigate healthcare fraud cases through undercover operations, coordinated initiatives, strike teams and task forces. If you are charged with healthcare fraud, seek help from a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The penalties levied depend on the amount of fraud. If your case is prosecuted federally, you face lengthy prison time and fines. You will also likely be ordered to pay restitution. And if you are not a U.S. citizen, you could be facing deportation.

White collar crime defense lawyers passionately fight for you

If you are charged with a state or federal healthcare crime, you need professional help. At Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP, our legal team has a combined 45 years of experience practicing law. To find out more about how we can help you, schedule a free consultation with an attorney at our firm by calling us at 646-880-4689 or contacting us online.