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A young woman was terrified when she received a letter from the NYC Human Resources Administration, Bureau of Fraud Investigation. A Medicaid fraud investigator wanted her to come in for an "interview" and to bring her tax returns and other financial records with her.
She was terrified because she knew why the Medicaid fraud investigator sent her the letter. She had lied about her income on her Medicaid application. She was even more terrified because she is a nurse. She couldn't sleep thinking about what this meant. She could go to jail. She could lose her license. She could be excluded from the Medicaid program and not be able to work for five years.
She was so terrified that she did nothing. She ignored the letter. Until one day, a few months later, an NYPD detective showed up at her job. He told her that she had to appear at the District Attorney's office the next day to surrender.
When she arrived at the District Attorney's office, the detective arrested her, placed her in handcuffs, and processed her. Her mug shot and fingerprints were taken. She was placed in a jail cell with other prisoners to wait for a judge. It was humiliating.
But that was just the beginning. When she appeared before the judge, she was charged with serious felonies including fraud and grand larceny. She faced up to five years in prison, plus fines and restitution of almost $100,000.
Her case did not have to turn out this way. I have represented hundreds of people who received letters from Medicaid fraud investigators at the HRA Bureau of Fraud Investigation. In almost every case, my clients never had to speak to the investigators. After reviewing my client's tax returns and other records, I went to the interview for them. I negotiated with the investigators for them. And in almost every case, the investigators agreed to a financial settlement with no criminal charges, no lawsuits, and no impact on my client's credit record.
If you received a letter from the HRA Bureau of Fraud Investigation, call John Howley, Esq. immediately at (212) 601-2728 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.