Choosing a Medicare Fraud Attorney
Medicare fraud has become a high priority for federal and state prosecutors. They aggressively pursue these cases and often seek harsh punishments, including heavy fines and prison sentences.
If you are asked for documents or to meet with an investigator, you should understand that you are under investigation. Anything you say and do will be used against you. How you respond could mean the difference between an inconvenience, a refund of overpayments, or a prison sentence.
Do not try to handle this on your own. Speak with an experienced Medicare fraud attorney as soon as possible. Call John Howley, Esq. at (212) 601-2728 to arrange a free and confidential consultation.
Preparing Your Defense
By the time government investigators contact you, they probably know more about your Medicare claims than you do. They may have identified patterns or inconsistencies. They may have spoken with former patients or disgruntled employees. They may already consider you a suspect.
The government investigators will be looking for any evidence that supports their suspicions. Delaying your response may give them the impression that you are being uncooperative or that you have something to hide. An honest mistake recalling how much time you spent with a patient two years ago may be perceived as a lie.
You must prepare for your interview with an experienced Medicare fraud lawyer. You need someone who understands Medicare's complex billing rules and regulations, and who has experience negotiating with government investigators. Your lawyer must help you understand both the strengths and problems with your situation.
John Howley, Esq. has more than 20 years of experience representing healthcare clients in government investigations, trials, and appeals. Call him at (212) 601-2728. The initial consultation is free and confidential.
A Financial Dispute or A Crime?
Medicare rules and regulations are complicated and constantly changing. Mistakes are made. Sometimes mistakes are made by a doctor or an outside billing service. Other times mistakes are made by the government.
The difference between a financial dispute over a mistake and a criminal prosecution for intentionally defrauding Medicare often comes down to how you handle the earliest stages of the case. What you say to investigators will be used against you. You must be prepared.
An experienced Medicare fraud lawyer can help you assess your situation and develop a strategy. It is sometimes possible to convince the government that no wrongdoing occurred. Your lawyer may be able to negotiate a financial settlement without any criminal charges. Other times it makes sense to negotiate a plea agreement to avoid a more serious indictment on felony charges.
No reasonable person would try to handle something this important on their own. You need an experienced defense lawyer who understands the relevant laws and regulations, who knows how to negotiate with government investigators and prosecutors, and who can fight vigorously and aggressively for you in court if necessary.
Your Medicare Fraud Attorney
John Howley, Esq. has been fighting for the rights of healthcare clients for more than 20 years. He has represented clients in government investigations, trials, and appeals. He has represented clients ranging from individual professionals and executives to multinational pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Mr. Howley takes only a select number of cases each year. He personally leads the defense in every case. You will never be handed off to a less experienced lawyer.
To arrange a free and confidential consultation with Mr. Howley, call his office at (212) 601-2728.
John Howley, Esq.
350 Fifth Avenue, 59th Floor
New York, New York 10118
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