The indictment alleges four counts of fraudulently using Medicaid to obtain controlled substances. Each charge is a felony with a potential sentence of up to two years in prison.
The woman’s “doctor shopping” scheme allegedly involved visiting multiple doctors to obtain prescriptions for the pain medications Lortab, Oxycodone and Tylenol III. Each time she would visit a new doctor, she failed to disclose that she had already received prescriptions for the pain medications by visiting other physicians.
The physician office visits and prescriptions were paid for with Medicaid benefits. It is against the law to use Medicaid benefits to obtain prescription drugs for any reason other than prescribed, or to use benefits to go from one doctor to another to get duplicate prescriptions.
Medicaid fraud is a serious offense that can result in a prison sentence. If you are under investigation or have been charged with Medicare or Medicaid fraud, then you should consult with an experienced Medicaid fraud attorney immediately. To arrange a free and confidential consultation by phone or in person, call my office today at (917) 652-6504 or click here to contact me via email.
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