Responding properly to a letter from the NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation is critical. Failing to respond -- or failing to respond properly -- can result in serious consequences.
The penalties may include paying tens of thousands of dollars in restitution plus interest, fines and penalties. If the investigator decides to send your case for criminal prosecution, you could be sentenced to prison and, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you could be deported.
The biggest mistake you can make is ignoring the investigator. Burying your head in the sand will not solve your problem. You failure to respond will lead the investigator to conclude that you are guilty and unwilling to cooperate. Under those circumstances, the investigator will have no choice but to start legal proceedings against you.
At the same time, you should not answer any questions or turn over any documents to the investigator before consulting with a lawyer. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
So, what should you do if a Medicaid fraud investigator contacts you? Be polite and professional. Respond promptly to the investigator. Let them know that you want to cooperate. Then get professional legal help and advice.
If you are contacted by letter, bring the letter to a lawyer and get advice on how to respond. Make sure that you or your lawyer responds by the date in the letter, even if it is only to ask for more time.
If you are contacted by telephone or in person, politely tell the investigator that you cannot talk right now. Ask for their name and telephone number. Tell them that you will get back to them. Then bring the investigator's contact information to a lawyer for advice on how to respond.
Responding promptly to Medicaid fraud investigators is the first step to avoiding a catastrophe. In many cases, any problems you have can be resolved without lawsuits or criminal prosecutions. But you must have your lawyer communicate with the investigator as soon as possible, before the investigator decides to take legal action against you.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer, call John Howley, Esq. at (212) 601-2728.
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