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A woman called my office today with a typical Medicaid problem. She applied for Medicaid during a period of unemployment, and then she did not terminate her Medicaid benefits after she found a new job.
In most cases like this one, an experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer can negotiate a settlement that avoids any lawsuits or criminal charges.
Unfortunately, this woman made a big mistake. As a result, she has been arrested and charged with a serious crime.
Her mistake was meeting with the Medicaid fraud investigators alone. The investigators did not ask her many questions. They just wanted her to admit that she signed the application for Medicaid benefits, and that she continued to receive Medicaid benefits after her income increased.
Based on her admissions, the investigators referred the case to the District Attorney for criminal prosecution. The District Attorney charged her with a felony, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, because the total amount of Medicaid benefits she received exceeded $3,000. If convicted, she faces possible prison time and a permanent criminal record.
All of this could have been avoided if she had simply consulted with an experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer. Her lawyer would have met with the investigators on her behalf. Without her admissions, the investigators would not have had such a strong case. They would have been much more likely to negotiate a settlement with no criminal charges.
If you receive a letter from Medicaid fraud investigators, remember this: The investigators are not on your side. They already believe that you have done something wrong. Their main objective is to develop the evidence against you.
Consult with an experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer before you speak with the investigators.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call John Howley, Esq. at (212) 601-2728.