The False Claims Act is a federal law that is generally used in reference to any businesses or individuals who have contracts with and is paid for patient services from a government-funded program. When it comes to healthcare, these acts are often used in correlation with people who submit false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.
Any clinic, doctor, healthcare organization, or physician can be held liable for knowingly submitting false claims with the intent to defraud any government-funded programs. Any instance where a physician or a business fails to act with due diligence can result in charges for violating the False Claims Act. These charges can result in life-changing consequences for those convicted.
False Claims Act Penalties
Being charged with this crime can be extremely stressful. People who are convicted of violating the False Claims Act can face an array of consequences. If convicted, you could lose your professional license and not be able to practice medicine any longer. Additionally, there are both civil and criminal penalties offenders can face. These include:
Civil: Those convicted of violating the False Claims Act can result in fines up to three times the amount of damages you imposed on the impacted party. For example, if you charged around $1 million in fraudulent claims, you could face up to $3 million in civil liabilities. In addition, you can be fined around $10,000 per claim.
Criminal Liability: Offenders face an array of criminal penalties as well. Those convicted can face up to five years in prison for filing false claims. Additionally, offenders can expect to pay between $250,000 and $500,000 in fines. Misdemeanor convictions can result in fines between $100,000 and $200,000 per claim. Being criminally prosecuted for False Claims Act violations can have a life-changing impact. Working with a criminal defense attorney can help to provide you with the best chances of beating your charges or having the penalties reduced if convicted.
Healthcare Fraud Group Can Help You
Although all physicians are expected to uphold specific ethical standards to do no harm. We continue to see doctors accused of engaging in completely heinous acts. Sadly, many doctors are accused of horrific acts that lead to the deaths of patients. These charges can lead to lengthy prison sentences, millions of dollars in fines, and a variety of other negative repercussions. For this reason, it is important for the accused to reach out to a health care fraud defense attorney as soon as possible.
We at Healthcare Fraud Group have extensive experience representing medical professionals in protecting their legal rights after being accused of various types of health care fraud. Our fraud defense team will work together to ensure that nothing is overlooked for your defense. If you are accused of distribution, health care fraud, or another related offense, contact our criminal defense attorneys at (888)-402-4054 to schedule a free initial consultation.