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Glendale Healthcare Fraud Defense

Posted on: August 6, 2010 at 12:31 a.m.

All of the cities in Los Angeles, and especially the city of Glendale, have seen their fair share of health care fraud. A recent case was finalized when a Glendale man was sentenced to five years in state prison for running a healthcare fraud and money laundering scheme that took advantage of more than 800 Medicare patients in the Los Angeles area. For anyone facing such a situation, having a Glendale Criminal Defense Attorney representing you can often mean the difference between prison and freedom.

In this particular instance, the man was convicted specifically for using the identities of different doctors to submit around six thousand insurance claims for those 800 patients. He also billed Medicare for over $3 million a month, even though most of the patients were canceled. He deposited $50,000 in different bank accounts, transferring money to himself as well as associates in Armenia. In addition to the jail time, he has to pay over $50,000 in restitution and will be placed on supervised probation after he gets out of jail. In such a difficult situation, having a skilled and knowledgeable Defense Lawyer could have prevented such a severe punishment.

With President Obama's healthcare plan moving forward, healthcare fraud is becoming an increasing area of concern for the government. In fact, many people who go bankrupt do so because of healthcare issues, such as intense medical bills. The issue of overbilling, Medicare fraud and related crimes is punishable by federal law, which is often far more severe than state or local law. As a result, anyone charged with healthcare fraud needs a Attorney who understands and has experience with federal healthcare laws.

People convicted of healthcare fraud will face jail time, fines, restitution, loss of any medical licenses, probation and more. Such penalties can ruin the career of anyone who is employed as a doctor, surgeon, nurse, pharmacist, medical biller or other healthcare professional. This is why it is so vitally important to have a Defense Attorney working for you in any criminal trial involving healthcare fraud. As opposed to trusting a public defender, having a skilled private attorney can mean the difference between freedom and prison (not to mention severe financial penalties). If you have been accused of, charged with or arrested for healthcare fraud, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today.

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