Your San Francisco Health Care Fraud Lawyer

Facing health care fraud charges in San Francisco? The Law Office of Valery Nechay offers unparalleled defense strategies. Learn how our experienced healthcare fraud lawyer can protect your rights and secure your future.

Dealing With a Health Care Fraud Charge: Why You Need a San Francisco Healthcare Fraud Attorney

Have you been accused of defrauding health care programs? Facing charges of health care fraud in San Francisco can be an unnerving experience, as the consequences may affect your freedom, reputation, and financial stability.

Healthcare fraud is typically a federal crime. However, sometimes healthcare fraud involves state medical initiatives, in which case federal and state law enforcement may work together to build a case against you. Imagine the weight of state and federal government resources aligned against you; it’s a daunting scenario requiring skilled and highly experienced legal defense.

At The Law Office of Valery Nechay, we provide the proficient legal assistance you need when facing such daunting criminal charges, starting with a free initial consultation.

Understanding Health Care Fraud

Healthcare fraud is the act of filing dishonest healthcare claims to turn a profit. Various entities, including government-run programs like Medicare and Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it is called in California, are typically the victims of healthcare fraud. Federal healthcare laws such as 18 USC §1347 and the False Claims Act criminalize healthcare fraud.

18 USC §1347 defines healthcare fraud as willfully or knowingly executing or attempting to execute a scheme or to willfully defraud a healthcare program or obtain money or property under the control or custody of a healthcare benefit program.

In California, healthcare fraud is penalized by several statutes, including California PC Section 550, Welfare & Institutions Code § 14107, and the state’s False Claims Act, which has similar provisions to the federal one. The Division of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse under the Office of the Attorney General is responsible for prosecuting those involved in healthcare fraud. Many enforcement agencies may be involved in investigating and prosecuting these fraud cases, with the FBI often at the helm in most cases.

Common Types of Health Care Fraud

  • Billing for medical services not rendered
  • Falsifying patient information to justify unnecessary tests
  • Overbilling services or prescribing unnecessary medication
  • Violating the Anti-Kickback Statute or Stark Law (laws that prevent doctors from making improper referrals for patient treatment due to financial incentives).
  • Misrepresenting non-covered treatments as medically necessary
  • Duplicate billing by healthcare providers
  • Identity theft

There are numerous penalties for anyone who commits healthcare fraud. Individuals or businesses may face stiff fines, damage to their reputation, and incarceration. Federal law provides for imprisonment of up to 10 years for individuals convicted of committing healthcare fraud. Where the fraud leads to serious bodily injury, the imprisonment can be extended to up to 20 years. And where it leads to death, imprisonment can be any term of years up to life imprisonment.

In California, Medi-Cal fraud can lead to a felony charge with imprisonment ranging from 2 to 5 years or a hefty fine of up to triple the amount of the fraud, or both. Also, if the fraud was committed under circumstances likely to lead to serious bodily injury to two or more persons, an additional four years in prison is imposed per person injured.

Defending Against Health Care Fraud Charges: How The Law Office of Valery Nechay Can Help

It is not uncommon for a misunderstanding to spiral out of control and lead to a charge of healthcare fraud. The line between compliance and violation within healthcare law can seem painfully thin. We understand the gravity of healthcare fraud charges – they can devastate reputations, end careers, and lead to significant criminal penalties. Our goal is to meticulously dismantle such charges, employing a robust defense on behalf of the accused.

With healthcare laws as complex as the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, and the Stark Law, even diligent healthcare providers can find themselves in the crosshairs of a federal investigation. It’s essential to have highly experienced healthcare fraud attorneys at your side. Our strategies often involve a deep dive into the intricate details of your case, assessing every piece of evidence and seeking spots where the prosecution’s claims might not hold up.

If you are at risk of a Medicare fraud conviction, you will face federal charges, which have stringent punishment and more resources to prosecute. Contacting our Medicare fraud lawyer as soon as possible may be your safest bet to protect your future. Our team is experienced in addressing charges involving Medicare fraud, illegal remuneration, false claims, and other forms of healthcare fraud.

The Law Office of Valery Nechay brings a comprehensive understanding of healthcare defense rooted in a profound knowledge of criminal defense and the administrative nuances of the healthcare industry. We are unwavering in our commitment to protecting our clients’ rights and reputations.

Whether facing inquiries from any other federal or state law enforcement body, our approach is always tailored to your unique situation. We strive to thoroughly investigate the allegations against you and defend you against unwarranted criminal liabilities. We value our clients’ trust in us to defend against these serious allegations and use our skills to shield you from potentially harsh outcomes.

Why Choose The Law Office of Valery Nechay

In the bustling heart of San Francisco, CA, our team at The Law Office of Valery Nechay stands out for its unwavering dedication to defending healthcare providers, patients, and other accused parties against allegations of fraud and misuse of services. Our commitment is to safeguard your reputation and strive for the best outcome in the face of the stringent provisions of the law. Some of the reasons you should consider working with us include:

Reputation & Experience:

  • Recognized for proactive legal measures, including securing case dismissals
  • Proven track record with health care law and criminal defense

Legal Prowess:

  • Experienced in handling complex legal intersections of administrative regulations and healthcare law
  • Renowned for building custom defense strategies, adapting to multifaceted cases

Our Commitment:

We ensure our clients receive the following:

  • A detailed exploration of their case
  • Strategic legal counsel tailored to their unique circumstances
  • Timely follow-up and transparent communication
  • Robust defense aimed at exhibiting integrity and mitigating potential repercussions

By selecting The Law Office of Valery Nechay, you entrust your case to a firm that genuinely cares. We staunchly believe in prioritizing our clients’ freedoms and legal rights. As such, we are always ready and confident to help you stand up against the most daunting of accusations.

Contact Our San Francisco Health Care Fraud Lawyer Today

If you are facing criminal charges of healthcare fraud in San Francisco, know that you are not alone. The complexity of healthcare regulations often leads to misunderstandings and unfounded allegations. Are you prepared to protect your reputation and your practice?

Contact us for an in-depth discussion of your case and to understand the available courses of action. It’s essential to take prompt action. Reach out today, and let’s begin charting a course toward resolution and peace of mind. 

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