Local Doctors Among Those Charged In $32 Million Medicare Fraud
Two local doctors and six other individuals face charges over their alleged fraud in bilking Medicare out of approximately $32 million. Workers at local medical supply companies have also been involved in the probe.
One doctor is accused of causing more than $24 million in losses to Medicare through fraudulent billing and referrals for medical equipment. These referrals included more than 1,000 expensive power wheelchairs and other home health services which were not medically necessary and, in some cases, rarely provided to patients.
These defendants have been charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Medicare Fraud Task forces in the Southern California area have resulted in cases against 27 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals and an estimated $260 million in fraudulent billing.
If you, or someone you know, has been arrested for, charged with or is being investigated for crime involving fraud or moral turpitude, contact attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible. Theft and fraud cases typically involve a restitution order to the victim(s) which, if resolved prior to the case being resolved, can help achieve a better result for the accused. In other words, being able to make the victim(s) whole either prior to charges being filed or right after, can have benefits for the resolution of the case.
You should also know that having a theft, fraud or other moral turpitude conviction on your record can have severe consequences on your ability to keep or find employment. Crimes of moral turpitude are red flags for employers so it is important to have an attorney who is aware of that and works to avoid a theft, fraud or moral turpitude conviction. If you hold a license with the state, such as a doctor, lawyer or nurse, you run a great risk in losing your license through administrative proceedings as a result of being convicted of a crime of moral turpitude.
If you or someone you know is facing a charge of fraud, theft, embezzlement, receiving stolen property, burglary or conspiracy, contact our office today for a free case consultation and to know your options.