Health care fraud in Las Vegas shares many of the same elements as other types of fraud, such as bank fraud or wire and mail fraud, but it is different because a person with a professional license- like a doctor- may lose his or her right to practice in the medical field.
Fraud is always a serious crime in Las Vegas. Healthcare fraud is especially serious because even charges, without a conviction, can have a negative impact on your professional reputation and career.
If you are suspected of Medicare or Medicaid fraud, or have been arrested for healthcare fraud in Nevada, contact us today to begin defending your case.
The legal definition of healthcare fraud is very technical because it covers many types of behavior. NRS 686A defines insurance fraud as knowingly and willfully:
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
If a person is convicted of Medicare fraud because they did any of the activities listed above, he or she can be punished by a Category D felony in Nevada. Category D felonies carry 1 to 4 years in a Nevada prison and fines up o $5,000.
Health care fraud is also a federal crime. The federal crime has much harsher penalties than Nevada law, including prison time of up to 20 years.
Another difference between federal health care fraud and the Nevada crime of healthcare fraud is the intent requirement. Almost all fraud crimes require the prosecution to prove that the defendant acted knowingly and willfully for the purpose of defrauding a person or company, or in this crime, a health insurance carrier. The federal crime of health care fraud, on the other hand, does not require a person to know that he or she is defrauding an insurance company by doing any of the acts listed above.
This makes the federal crime slightly easier to prosecute, and is another good reason to hire experienced Las Vegas federal criminal lawyer as soon as possible.
Health care fraud cases often make local and national news, which can ensure that a medical professional’s reputation in the community is destroyed.
If you have been arrested for health care fraud, contact Nick Wooldridge – a Nevada criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. He can work diligently to reduce the charges against you, restore your reputation, and possibly get the charges dismissed.