Almost every day, someone calls our office with the following question: “I received a letter from the Bureau of Fraud Investigation at 151 West Broadway asking me to come in for an ‘interview’ with Medicaid fraud investigators. What should I do?”
You should consult with an experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer immediately. While many cases at the Bureau of Fraud Investigation are resolved without criminal charges, one wrong step could result in you being arrested for Medicaid fraud.
It is critical that you contact a lawyer before you speak with the investigator. The so-called “interview” is actually an interrogation by two experienced fraud investigators. They will make copies of any tax returns or financial records you give them. They will ask you detailed questions about your family and finances. Anything you say can and will be used against you if they have you arrested.
Most people do not realize that you are not required to speak to Medicaid fraud investigators. You have a right to be represented by a lawyer. Your lawyer can speak with the investigators, find out what their concerns are, and negotiate with the investigators. In most cases, you will never have to meet with the investigators or answer their questions.
Even if you provided false or incomplete information on your Medicaid application or re-certification, an experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer can often negotiate a repayment agreement (usually for less than the full amount owed) that avoids any criminal charges.
That said, you should never ignore the investigators. You should get a lawyer to contact them on your behalf. Ignoring the investigators will only make matters worse.
John Howley, Esq. has more than 27 years of experience representing clients in serious fraud cases. He represents clients every week at the Bureau of Fraud Investigation offices at 151 West Broadway and 250 Church Street. Call him today at (212) 601-2728 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
Medicaid fraud cases are often won (or lost) at the investigation stage, Before you talk to investigators, educate yourself by downloading a free copy of our special report.