Not only are you an excellent attorney, but a good person who truly cared about me and always did your best to help me. I am so grateful for being given a second chance.—TomDave Shrager successfully lobbied for my felony charge to be completely withdrawn. His services were worth every dime. A highly personable, intelligent, and competent attorney, I would recommend Dave Shrager to my closest friends and family without hesitation.—RonDave knows the system better than any lawyer in Pittsburgh due to his family's local and long-standing practice, and it was evident in the positive manner in which the judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers responded to Dave's arguments on my behalf.—JimI cannot say thank you enough to David Shrager for all his help today! If it were not for this guy, I would no longer have a job or drivers license. So thanks again Dave, you're the best!—BillI was in a bad place in my life...I was making bad decisions, which led to my having a really bad night and lots of legal trouble. I'm lucky I had Attorney David Shrager at my side. He helped guide me, with his legal expertise, through a very difficult time in my life.—Tamika
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HEALTH CARE FRAUD CHARGES IN PENNSYLVANIA

Facing allegations or charges for health care fraud, Medicare fraud or Medicaid fraud is a stressful and frightening situation. The penalties in Pennsylvania for a conviction of health care fraud could lock you in prison for years, not to mention give you a criminal record for life.

Depending on the type of health care fraud, you may be charged both within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in U.S. Federal courts and could even be charged twice, or face multiple charges. Investigators are thorough and it can take months or years to indict suspects.

Whether you are charged with lying on a Medicaid application or are a physician charged with defrauding a patient, you face severe penalties, if convicted.

Many times physicians and healthcare providers find themselves under an investigation for possible healthcare fraud. There are many triggers that can prompt the Feds to begin an investigation, and many of these signals may be false – but if you are under investigation, you should speak to an experienced attorney right away.

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HEALTH CARE FRAUD CHARGES
DO NOT MEAN YOU ARE GUILTY
OR WILL BE CONVICTED

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Your Rights Are Worth the Fight

If you have been charged, arrested or suspect that you may be charged for health care fraud soon, it is in your best interest to call an experienced Pennsylvania Fraud Attorney right away.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) actively investigate Pennsylvania healthcare providers in order to prosecute them in suspected medical fraud, such as corrupt billing practices (double billing, etc.), administering unnecessary tests, and illegal kickbacks.

While under investigation, it may seem like the problem will resolve itself, but once a conviction occurs, it can ruin your business or send you to prison.

At Shrager Defense Attorneys, we work closely with you to fight for your rights and build a strong defense, taking every legal action available to have the investigation stopped, and any charges withdrawn and, ultimately, make attempts for the case to be dismissed.

Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer David J. Shrager does his absolute best to help people retain their rights and freedom so they can go on with their lives without worry for their future – so they can keep their license, career, clean record, and provide for their families.

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BEING UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD
DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU WILL BE CONVICTED.

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WHAT IS HEALTH CARE FRAUD?

Health care fraud covers a broad array of offenses related to defrauding an insurer, agency, or person.

It can come in the form of:

  • Health insurance fraud: when a company, physician, healthcare provider or an individual defrauds an insurer or government health care program, such as Medicare or Medicaid or an equivalent State program.
  • Legal Drug fraud: when a physician prescribes medication for a patient under false pretenses, in order to obtain kickbacks from the manufacturer.

Mainly, health care fraud involves filing dishonest health care claims for profit. The charges will be very different depending on if you are an individual who made false claims or if you are a physician or medical provider.

Healthcare fraud cases may be prosecuted under U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. §1347.

Examples of Health Care Fraud committed by health care providers can include the following:

  • Submitting false claims;
  • Billing for “ghost” patients;
  • Billing for services never provided;
  • Billing for a non-covered service as a covered service;
  • Modifying medical records and documents;
  • Intentionally misreporting diagnoses or procedures to maximize payment; 
  • Up-coding;
  • Employing an unlicensed staff member;
  • Prescribing or scheduling unnecessary tests, exams or procedures;
  • Receiving kickbacks.

Examples of Health Care Fraud committed by individuals can include the following:

  • Making false statements on Medicare or Medicaid applications;
  • Obtaining subsidized prescription medication that are not needed and then selling them for profit;
  • Loaning an insurance card or using someone else’s card in order to obtain medical services.

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BEING CHARGED WITH HEALTH CARE FRAUD
DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU WILL BE CONVICTED.

CALL OR TEXT DAVID J. SHRAGER TODAY FOR A
FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION: 412-969-2540.
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PENALTIES FOR COMMITTING HEALTH CARE FRAUD IN PENNSYLVANIA

In Pennsylvania the amount of money allegedly stolen and the other potential and alleged charges (such as theft), will determine the length of the prison sentence and amount of the fine.

If an individual is found guilty of Medicare fraud, a federal crime, you can receive up to ten years in prison for each count. Penalties also include probational release, fines, an asset forfeiture.

In other healthcare cases, the penalty is dependent upon the amount defrauded and sentencing is based on Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

According to the U.S. Code of Health Care Fraud18 U.S.C. §1347:

  • If the violation results in serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of this title), such person shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both; and if the violation results in death, such person shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both.

In addition to financial burden and a lengthy prison sentence, those found guilty of health care fraud may carry the label of convicted felon for life.

With one’s quality of life and reputation at stake, it is prudent and imperative to choose a highly qualified and experience Pittsburgh fraud attorney who can represent your interests and be aggressive in defending your rights.

FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS

Attorney Shrager provides compassionate counsel and will listen to your situation with understanding and empathy — not judgment, reproof or apathy.

Hiring an aggressive attorney who understands the Pennsylvania and U.S. legal system could help in protecting your freedom and your future. A skilled attorney could significantly reduce the fines you might have to pay or the maximum penalties in prison or other penalties.

Don’t be scared: be prepared. Hiring an experienced criminal lawyer can make all the difference in your case and your future.

There are many possible scenarios for winning a health care fraud case and many viable defense strategies.

If you are being investigated, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. What may begin as a red flag into billing issues can quickly turn into a formal indictment and frozen bank accounts.

At Shrager Defense Attorneys, we treat every case as our most important case and will work aggressively to help you have your charges reduced or withdrawn.

A criminal record can be an embarrassing affair — let us help you protect your name, your rights, your freedom and your future. Rest assured, Shrager Defense Attorneys will fight for you.

Fight for your rights — call or text Attorney Shrager today for a free consultation.

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Shrager Defense Attorneys in Pittsburgh, PA will attack your criminal charges in order to protect your good name. Have a sound and solid case prepared by David J. Shrager and his legal team so they can fight for your rights.