The letter was not sent to you at random. You were chosen because the investigator already believes that you are guilty of Medicaid fraud. At this point, the investigator is simply deciding whether to send your case to the District Attorney for criminal prosecution. Anything you say to the investigator will be used against you.
The letter will ask you to come to an “interview” at a Medicaid fraud investigator’s office in Brooklyn or Manhattan. The Brooklyn office is located at 243 Schermerhorn St. 5th Floor. The other offices are located at 151 West Broadway and 250 Church Street in Manhattan.
You must take this letter very seriously. It means that you are the target of a Medicaid fraud investigation. If the investigator determines that you lied on your application for benefits, you could face serious criminal charges.
You may also face a demand for repayment of benefits if there was a change in your financial situation or your residence. The repayment demands can be devastating. If the investigator determines that you were not eligible for Medicaid, he or she will demand that you pay back tens of thousands of dollars in benefits.
The fraud investigator’s letter will demand that you turn over financial documents such as your tax returns, pay stubs, and driver’s license. If you own property or a business, the investigator will also demand property and business records.
Should you turn over these documents? The answer depends on your situation. Sometimes turning over documents is the worst thing you can do because it gives the investigator all the evidence they need to convict you of a felony. Other times it makes sense to turn over documents in order to prove your innocence or to negotiate a deal.
You need expert advice from an experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer before turning over anything to the investigator.
Fortunately, you do not have to face the Medicaid fraud investigator alone. John Howley, Esq. has represented hundreds of people just like you in these types of investigations. He will discuss your situation with you, review your financial records, and meet with the investigator for you. In most cases, you will never have to meet with the investigator or answer any of their questions.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation with Mr. Howley, call him at (212) 601-2728.