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Federal Health Care Fraud FAQ

September 22, 2021

Health care fraud is a serious charge that can be brought at the federal level. If you’re facing federal charges related to health care fraud, you need the help of an attorney with experience defending clients in federal court. 

Constantly changing regulations in the health care industry means that even well-intentioned health care providers and administrators must be more diligent than ever before to avoid falling ill of the law. At Chris Lewis & Associates P.C., we know there’s a long walk between receiving a criminal charge and being a criminal. That’s why we help our clients by fighting to give them the best defense possible. 

Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney with our firm for more information. 

What is health care fraud? 

Fraud” is used as a fill-in for a variety of unsavory actions, but it is intended to refer to any deliberate or dishonest acts that can or do result in some sort of illicit benefit to the fraudulent actor. Fraud can also benefit related third parties. The recipients of a fraudulent benefit are legally not entitled to receive the stated benefits. 

What are examples of health care fraud? 

Some examples of health care fraud include:

  • Billing for a service or item that isn’t medically necessary, properly documented, or for an unrealized transaction
  • Kickbacks
  • Misrepresentation of services
  • Misusing codes on a claim
  • Other unsound practices carried out for the benefit of the alleged fraudster
  • Defrauding a public health care program

When is health care fraud a federal crime?  

Although the states have their own laws on the books regarding health care fraud, federal charges can be presented independently or concurrently to any others in instances where the federal government has jurisdiction over the case. For example, this includes cases involving interstate commerce committed on federal property, or that have been investigated by a federal agency like the FBI.

As a health care provider, being charged with a crime can be incredibly difficult. However, an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer with Chris Lewis & Associates P.C. can provide the rigorous legal defense you need to clear your name. 

Talk to a Federal Crimes Lawyer Now

Have you been charged with federal health care fraud? Contacting an attorney early can give you the best chance of beating these charges. Chris Lewis & Associates P.C. is here to help. 

Connect with us at 214-665-6930 or by filling out the contact form to the right of the page. 


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