Failure to Respond to a NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation Letter Could Result in Serious Criminal Charges
A young mother came to my office recently in a panic because a NYC police detective called her on the phone and said that she had to "come in and surrender on Medicaid fraud charges."
It turns out that the young mother had received a letter from the NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation a few months ago. If she had contacted me then, we would have been able to negotiate with the investigator, and we probably would have avoided any criminal charges. But she was afraid and did not know what to do. So she did nothing.
Now she was in big trouble. The District Attorney charged her with three felonies: Grand Larceny; Welfare Fraud; and Offering a False Instrument for Filing. If she was convicted on any of these charges, she could be sentenced to prison and have to pay large fines. Even if she convinced the District Attorney to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor, she would have a criminal record that would make it difficult for her to find a job in the future.
Fortunately, she retained a Medicaid fraud lawyer immediately after the detective called. By negotiating with the District Attorney, we were able to reduce the charges to a violation instead of a crime. She paid back about $6,000 in benefits. She was very, very lucky.
Never, ever ignore a letter from the NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation. First, educate yourself. Click here to download our free report, "5 Deadly Mistakes in Medicaid Fraud Investigations."
Then, call our law offices at (212) 601-2728 to schedule a consultation with an experienced Medicaid fraud defense lawyer.
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.