Switch to ADA Accessible Theme
Close Menu
Tampa Car Accident Lawyer
FREE Consultations Available
Tampa Car Accident Lawyers > Blog > Criminal Defense > Medicaid Fraud Charges Require Serious Defense

Medicaid Fraud Charges Require Serious Defense

With the massive population of elderly, often poor retirees in Florida, it makes sense Medicaid fraud would be more of a problem here than other states. In fact, the Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unity (MFCU) is a busy place.

Budget battles at the state and federal level mean less money for fighting Medicaid fraud. Florida’s recent reduction of the MFCU’s budget by $631,290 meant the loss of $1.89 million in federal matching funds to the State of Florida. However, the decrease in budget doesn’t mean the state is pulling back on its commitment.

Common types of Medicaid fraud in Florida include billing for services not performed, and up-coding, where a provider classifies a service as a more costly procedure. Some simply order tests, procedures and equipment that aren’t necessary. Prescription fraud, also common, means obtaining drugs under false pretenses (doctor shopping or forgery) or stealing drugs for sale or personal use. Florida maintains a whistleblower hotline for Medicaid fraud. Citizens are encouraged to call if they spot irregularities in their care.

There is a wide variety of penalties that can result from Medicaid fraud conviction. For example, violations against the False Claims Act, which broadly means submitting a claim knowing it is false, carries huge penalties. Felony conviction can mean up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for a corporation per individual occurrence.

Other criminal Medicaid-based proceedings include:

  • Violations against the Social Security Act
  • Federal mail and wire fraud charges
  • Violations against the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
  • Federal charges of theft or embezzlement in connection with health care
  • Charges of making false statements about health care matters

Civil charges can include violations against the Civil False Claims Act and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law. More information is available on the Florida Attorney General’s MFCU Web page.

The AAPS also offers detailed advice about what to do if you learn you are under investigation. The first item is to call your lawyer. You need assistance from criminal defense attorneys with deep knowledge of this complicated area of the law. The Matassini Law Firm can help.

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

The experience you need in your pursuit of justice

The greatest distinguishing feature among attorneys is their level of experience. Our firm has more than 60 years of legal experience, much of it spent in the courtroom at trial. As a result, our Tampa personal injury lawyers rarely encounter an unfamiliar situation and can thoroughly answer your urgent questions. Our criminal defense practice features a board certified criminal trial lawyer and two former prosecutors with impressive knowledge of trial tactics and procedures.

The resources to provide quality representation for the length of your case

Whether your case involves medical malpractice, an auto accident or a wrongful death, your attorney must be prepared to take the case all the way through trial to verdict. Many personal injury attorneys advance the cost of litigation, so they can only last so long before financial pressures start to mount. As a client, you have to wonder whether an attorney's advice to settle your case reflects the quality of the offer or your attorneys need to get paid. Fortunately, The Matassini Law Firm has the resources to pursue civil verdicts and settlements that reflect the actual value of your case.

Call our Tampa Bay car accident lawyers for a free consultation

A crisis in your life calls for capable and compassionate assistance. The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. addresses your needs all the way through the legal process. For your free initial confidential conference with one of our Tampa car accident attorneys, call us today at 813-217-5715 or contact us online.

Share This Page:
Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Toll Free
2811 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33609