Healthcare fraud is a criminal activity that occurs when a patient or healthcare provider files false information related to the determination of healthcare benefits. For example, a doctor may commit healthcare fraud by billing their patient’s insurance for services not performed, while a patient who filed a claim for services not received could also be guilty of healthcare fraud.
If you or someone you know has been accused of healthcare fraud, you should obtain the services of an accomplished criminal advocate to ensure that your rights are fully protected.
Penalties for Healthcare Fraud
Any person accused of committing healthcare fraud faces significant criminal fines and penalties, including the following:
- Fines as appropriate, to be determined by the court
- Imprisonment for 10 years
- Longer prison sentences if the crime resulted in serious bodily injury or death
Because healthcare fraud is typically an interstate activity, it is punishable as a federal crime, with more significant criminal penalties than a typical act of fraud. Accusations of healthcare fraud should not be taken lightly.
If you are involved in or the victim of this type of crime, contact an attorney.