West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer
Federal Crimes

Healthcare Fraud Charges in Florida

Talk to a West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Healthcare fraud is intentionally defrauding a healthcare organization, medical provider, or government-run healthcare institution. This is sometimes achieved through falsely representing a condition, filing false paperwork or fictitious claims, tampering with billing schedules, and so forth. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), aided by special investigators utilized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are notoriously eager to prosecute anyone suspected of healthcare fraud, even when it is clear any alleged fraudulent behavior was unintentional.

If you have been accused of healthcare fraud, retain the legal representation of a white collar crimes defense attorney right away. At the Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, P.A., our West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer understands the weight of the accusations and responds with the necessary urgency.

Attorney Rosenfeld has earned prestigious awards and honors for his record of excellence, including:

  • 10.0 “Superb” rating from Avvo
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selection to the Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers
  • Multiple Super Lawyers® Rising Starsâ„  2019 selections

Call (561) 902-1122 and start your case with a free and confidential evaluation.

Differing Variations of Healthcare Fraud

Florida Statutes Section 817.234 defines healthcare and insurance fraud as providing any sort of falsified information to an insurer when filing a claim. There are also additional or varied definitions of healthcare fraud under federal statutes. The end result being that criminal investigators can try to pin criminal charges on patients, doctors, and healthcare groups alike when there are only loose grounds for the accusations.

Common definitions of healthcare fraud are:

  • Falsified information: Providing knowingly false or misleading information on medical insurance claims.
  • Kickbacks: Incentives given to medical providers for prescribing certain medications or pharmaceuticals when better options for treatment exist.
  • Un-rendered services: Billing a medical company or government institution for services that were never actually administered.
  • Up-coding: Billing for a service that is more expensive than the service that was actually provided.
  • Unbundling: Submitting invoices or bills for services that are broken apart when properly submitting them as a “bundle” would result in a lower cost to the insurance company.
  • Excessive services: Billing for services that were administered but not deemed medically necessary.

Many forms of alleged healthcare fraud can be traced back to paperwork and billing errors, not intentional criminal activity. This allows our white collar crimes defense attorney to focus on why the alleged fraud happened. Honest mistakes or misinterpretations of a medical bill are not a crime. Without criminal intent being established, or with the prosecution’s argument being dismantled, there should be no conviction.

Possible Penalties for Healthcare Fraud

Upon conviction, penalties for healthcare fraud might include:

  • Fines: The fines for healthcare fraud range from several thousand dollars for individuals accused of the crime, up to $250,000 per offense for convicted medical providers and healthcare groups.
  • Restitution: Additional payments made to plaintiffs for wrongdoing or insurance theft.
  • Loss of care license: You could face the revocation of your license to practice medicine if you are a medical professional convicted of healthcare fraud.
  • Incarceration: Arguably the most damaging penalty for healthcare fraud is prison. Lying on a Medicare statement can carry a penalty of up to five years in prison. A fraudulent healthcare treatment can result in up to 30 years in prison.

There is simply too much on the line when you have been accused of healthcare fraud, either as an individual patient, medical professional, or the head of a medical group. Turn to our West Palm Beach healthcare fraud defense attorney for hard-hitting, quick-thinking legal representation backed by real experience earned through 40+ defense trials.

Contact our law firm online, or dial (561) 902-1122 now to get started on your defense.

  • Best lawyer I could've ever hired and I highly recommend him!

    “After speaking to several lawyers, I knew Gregory Rosenfeld was the best choice for my case. I was extremely worried about what I was facing and had been told the process would take a few court dates. Mr. Rosenfeld had my case completely taken care of in less than 1 day. Best lawyer I could've ever hired and I highly recommend him!”

    Dawn

  • I am highly recommending Greg Rosenfeld to assist you in your legal troubles.

    “I have only wonderful things to say about Greg Rosenfeld. He has been quite a lifesaver for my son and myself. With only hours notice, he was able to make himself available for my son, attended his hearing and got him out of jail. Then Using his knowledge and relationships in the legal system, he went to work for him and was able to negotiate a better outcome. Since that time he has been available to us for much needed advice. Most recently he went above and beyond what an attorney would typically do to help my son out of a jam. As an out of town parent, It's very reassuring to know there is someone you can trust in south Florida. I am highly recommending Greg Rosenfeld to assist you in your legal troubles.”

    John

  • Exceptional defense attorney!

    “I found Greg Rosenfeld to be an experienced, aggressive compassionate defense attorney. I hired Mr. Rosenfeld to defend my daughter in a criminal case. I have hired other attorneys in the past and have found that most attorneys are attentive and engaged up until the moment they are paid. We had the opposite experience with Mr. Rosenfeld who stayed in constant communication, worked harder than any lawyer I've met and got results that far exceeded our expectations. He kept fighting when most would have given up. I think very highly of him both as a person and as Criminal Law Defense Attorney. Great job and I will gladly recommend you to anyone who needs an excellent Criminal Lawyer.”

    Joy

  • If you're looking for a great defense lawyer, look no further!

    “Great experience. Greg Rosenfeld is attentive, professional, punctual and always makes sure to answer any questions you have at a moments notice. If you're looking for a great defense lawyer, look no further!”

    Previous Client

  • Very responsive and available.

    “This guy is fantastic. There isn't another attorney I would rather have standing next to me in the courtroom. His straight shooter, no nonsense approach was reassuring. I knew I had hired the right guy when, at our first court appearance he was praised (almost gushed over) by the judge for his "excellent writing abilities" and someone with a "bright future ahead". At that moment I knew Greg was my man. What other lawyer responds to a mistaken text sent at 11:30pm? Outstanding service. Very responsive and available. Unpaid endorsement from a satisfied client.”

    Tom K.

  • One of the hardest working and sharpest attorneys I know.

    “I have known Greg for about 10 years, and can say he is one of the hardest working and sharpest attorneys I know.”

    Peer

  • Best attorney!

    “Mr. Gregory Rosenfeld is 1 of the best attorneys I know, his work is amazing I have recommended friends to him and they have all said the same, God forbid I should ever get into any legal bumps again, but if that was to happen, I know I am definitely calling Mr. Gregory. Thank you soo much.”

    Anonymous

  • Best attorney in south Florida!

    “Greg Rosenfeld provided excellent legal representation. I can't say enough about the work he performed. He is second to none.”

    Gus

  • I was incredibly impressed with his preparation, his poise, and his professionalism.

    “Greg represented my brother in court on a probation violation charge. I was incredibly impressed with his preparation, his poise, and his professionalism. He was a tireless advocate for my brother and truly cared about his case. I've never seen an attorney work as hard or as diligently for his client. He was successful in securing a dismissal of all charges, which in our federal court system, is an amazing feat in and of itself. I would highly recommend Greg to anyone - he is an excellent attorney and a good, kind and decent human being.”

    Alissa I.

  • Innovative and thinks outside the box.

    “Greg is innovative and thinks outside the box which is an invaluable trait in criminal defense. He is also very reliable, vigilant and fearless.”

    Peer