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What to do if facing allegations of Medicare fraud

Being charged with Medicare or other healthcare fraud can be alarming and upsetting to devoted healthcare providers who have spent their lifetimes caring for sick patients and helping to keep them healthy and well. Accusations and allegations of Medicare fraud should not be taken lightly and can result in serious penalties and consequences.

Unfortunately, being accused of Medicare fraud places the accused medical care provider's reputation and career on the line. Because so much is at stake, accused individuals should have a strong criminal defense strategy to protect them. Doing so requires a detailed understanding of healthcare laws in Texas and will also take a look at the facts as alleged by authorities and any witness statements that are allegedly being used against the accused medical care provider.

What are fraud charges?

One thing that Texans accused of committing fraud should understand is that fraud charges are serious criminal charges which can result in serious penalties and consequences for accused individuals. That is why also understanding fraud defense options is so important for accused individuals to be familiar with.

Accused individuals facing criminal charges should also be familiar with their criminal defense rights to help protect them against potential incarceration, fines and other possible penalties as well. Fraud refers to intentional deception for monetary gain. When an accused individual is facing fraud charges, they may be facing accusations of purposefully misrepresenting a material fact; with knowledge that the fact was false; to someone who justifiably relied on the misrepresentation; and that person suffers actual loss as a result of the alleged misrepresentation.

Actions that can lead to prescription drug charges

Prescription drug charges are some of the most serious types of drug charges. Not all drug offenses involve the possession, manufacturing or distribution of illicit drugs. In fact, the misuse of prescription drugs is now one of the most common types of drug charges. 

If you are facing prescription drug charges, you could be dealing with damage to your personal reputation and your career, as well as the potential for time behind bars and other penalties. It's in your interests to work diligently on a defense strategy that will allow you to effectively confront these charges. Your future and your freedom are on the line, but you have the right to fight back.

Common defenses to credit card fraud charges

Credit card fraud can take many different forms. While it is commonly associated with identity theft, credit card fraud essentially includes using the credit card information of another without their consent.

Facing charges of credit card fraud can leave you uncertain as to what to expect. In some cases, you may not anticipate the severity of the penalties you face or understand why you face credit card fraud charges in the first place. Examples of fraud are wide-ranging and can include:

Defenses to drug charges

This blog recently discussed the importance of preparing a strong defense response to drug charges. As part of the process, it can be helpful to be familiar with what the specific defense options are that may be able to help accused individuals facing the weight of drug charges, including prescription drug charges.

Drug possession charges in Texas require that the prosecutor demonstrates that the accused individual knowingly possessed illicit drugs or prescription drugs without a valid prescription. It is important to note that prescription drugs can be illegally obtained, possessed and distributed if the accused individual does not have a valid prescription.

Mounting a strong criminal defense to drug charges

This blog recently discussed the importance and value of a strong criminal defense strategy. In circumstances of drug charges and accusations, defending against drug charges is of significant importance for accused individuals and their families. Drug charges can create a criminal record impacting educational, job and housing opportunities of the accused individual for life.

Any criminal charge related to drugs, including drug possession, manufacturing or distribution charges, can carry harsh potential penalties and severe consequences for accused individuals. A sentence for drug charges can implication serious penalties such as incarceration and steep fines. Drug charges may refer to criminal charges related to marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and prescription drugs. If prescription drugs are illegally obtained or sold, criminal charges may apply to them as well.

How a criminal defense strategy helps accused individuals

A criminal defense strategy can be the most important thing standing in between an accused individual and the potential loss of their freedom. Criminal defense strategies provide important protections for accused individuals and are something individuals accused of having committed a crime should be familiar with. Criminal charges carry potentially harsh potential penalties and consequences.

The best criminal defense strategy is based on the situation and circumstances of the accused individual and what criminal charges they are facing. A criminal defense strategy may be based on sharing the truth with mitigating circumstances or what are often referred to as affirmative defenses as to why the accused individual has not committed the crime as alleged.

Defending against white collar criminal charges

White collar crime is a category of crime that is taken seriously. As a result, it is important for accused individuals to know how to meet those charges with a strong criminal defense strategy.

Common examples of white collar crimes include fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. White collar crimes, and fraud crimes generally, are characterized by the use of deceit for monetary gain. Examples of white collar crimes include theft, money laundering, various types of fraud, embezzlement, internet crimes, identity theft and forgery. All are serious charges which can carry potentially significant penalties and consequences for accused individuals.

What is the process of being charged with a crime like?

The criminal process begins with an arrest of the accused individual. The prosecutor then determines if criminal charges will be brought against the accused individual which may result in formal criminal charges. Once criminal charges have been brought, it is essential for the accused individual to be familiar with criminal defense options to protect their rights and future.

When an individual has been accused of a crime and is facing criminal charges they may feel overwhelmed and likely have many questions. Based on the police report of the alleged incident, there are different options the prosecutor may consider. This may involve a grand jury or a preliminary hearing. The prosecutor must also decide whether or not they will prosecute.

The basics of healthcare fraud

Healthcare fraud is a term many people may be familiar with but may not know exactly what it refers to. Healthcare fraud refers to deceptive practices employed for profit in the health care industry. Healthcare fraud can be costly in a variety of ways so understanding the legal process surrounding it is helpful.

Healthcare fraud specifically refers to the deliberate deception or misrepresentation of services that results in an unauthorized healthcare reimbursement. The most common categories of healthcare fraud include health insurance and medical billing fraud; Medicare and Medicaid fraud; home health care fraud; and prescription drug fraud and abuse. Healthcare fraud can have criminal consequences and may result in serious penalties for anyone accused of it.

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