Prevent a Conviction With Phillip A. Linder
Medicare fraud is when an individual or organization intentionally deceives Medicare to receive payment that they’re not supposed to. A doctor or provider can commit Medicare fraud by charging for services that are never received or by recommending unnecessary services in order to charge Medicare more.
Any form of Medicare fraud can result in hefty fines, a permanent criminal record, and up to ten years in prison. That’s why it’s crucial to consult with a criminal defense lawyer who understands fraud laws inside and out. Mr. Linder spent three-and-a-half years prosecuting criminal cases at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, so he understands exactly which strategies the prosecution will use against you and can plan your defense accordingly.
How Our Dallas Attorney Can Fight For You
Medicare is a complex system involving lots of billing and paperwork with many links in the chain. It’s easy for oversights or mistakes to occur and you’ll want to ensure that you don’t pay the price for it.
If you’re accused of Medicare fraud, there are a variety of potentially valid defense strategies. The main criterion for fraud is intent, so proving that no purposeful deceit was committed is the key to your freedom. There’s often a fine line between liability and human error — with skilled negotiation tactics and tremendous attention to detail, our attorney will fight to demonstrate you’re on the right side of the line.
With over twenty years of legal experience and thousands of cases behind him, Mr. Linder can use his extensive knowledge of the law to achieve the most favorable outcome for you. He has an impressive record of success in the courtroom, with more than two hundred cases tried to jury verdict.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Medicare fraud?
Medicare fraud describes when an individual or organization deceives Medicare to receive payment they’re not entitled to. This can mean getting more money than you’re supposed to, or even getting money when you shouldn’t be receiving any at all. Typically, doctors and healthcare providers are most likely to be charged with Medicare fraud.
What’s an example of Medicare fraud?
A good example of Medicare fraud would be if a provider submits a bill to Medicare for services that weren’t actually performed. A common version of this tactic is visiting a nursing home and billing Medicare as if they treated most of the residents at once.
Another common example of Medicare fraud is called upcoding, when a provider charges for a more expensive service than the one actually provided — for instance, billing for major surgery when only routine medical care was provided.
How common is Medicare fraud?
The total amount of Medicare fraud is difficult to know for certain since not all cases are discovered and other suspicious cases may not actually be fraudulent. In 2010, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget estimated that Medicare lost $47.9 billion due to fraud, though that number was later discovered to be a bit high. While it’s hard to quantify the exact number of cases or dollars lost, it’s clear that Medicare fraud costs the U.S. billions of dollars every year.
Schedule Your Complimentary Legal Consultation
If you’re facing charges of Medicare fraud, don’t waste time while the prosecution builds a case against you. Call The Linder Firm to get the aggressive, experienced legal representation you need. You can reach our Dallas office or our Allen office. We’re also available via email.