Family Health Plus and Medicaid Fraud Investigations
A Medicaid fraud investigation often begins with a letter from an investigator with the Bureau of Fraud Investigation. The letter may ask you to turn over documents and meet with an investigator for an "interview."
By the time you get this letter, the investigator has already gathered evidence against you. The investigator already believes that you have engaged in fraud. Anything you say at this point can and will be used against you.
Do not try to handle this on your own. One wrong step could result in criminal charges being filed against you. You should contact an experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer immediately, before you say anything to the investigator.
An experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer can help you understand your rights, prepare your defense, and explain your options. Your lawyer can negotiate with the investigator on your behalf. In many cases, hiring a lawyer will save you time, money, and potentially serious civil and criminal consequences.
To schedule a consultation with an experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer, call John Howley, Esq. at (212) 601-2728.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why am I being investigated?
The Medicaid fraud investigator has information that suggests you are not qualified for benefits. This information may include payroll records, car registrations, property records, and business records. The investigator may have spoken with your employer, your co-workers, or your neighbors.
What are my rights during the investigation?
You have the right to bring an attorney with you to any interviews or meetings with the investigator. You also have the right to consult with your lawyer before providing any documents or answering any questions.
You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to answer the investigator's questions. If you are a Family Health Plus or Medicaid recipient, your benefits cannot be stopped solely because you refused to answer questions.
Should I answer the investigator's questions?
How you respond to the investigation depends on your particular facts and circumstances. Some questions and requests for documents are appropriate. Others may be improper. Sometimes it makes sense to cooperate with the investigator and negotiate a resolution. Other times you must fight to protect your rights.
You need an experienced Medicaid fraud lawyer on your side to help you make these decisions. To arrange a free consultation, call John Howley, Esq. at (212) 601-2728.
What are the possible penalties and consequences?
Medicaid fraud penalties range from repayment of Medicaid benefits to harsh prison sentences. Some of the possible consequences are:
Will the investigator negotiate a settlement?
Depending on the nature of the problem, the investigator may be willing to negotiate a financial settlement to avoid any court cases or criminal prosecution. An experienced Medicaid fraud attorney can help you by negotiating a settlement that reduces the amount owed, by avoiding penalties and interest - and, most importantly, by negotiating an agreement that your case will not be referred for criminal prosecution.
What is Medicaid fraud?
When a recipient of Medicaid or Family Health Plus benefits is investigated, the investigator may suspect that the recipient did not tell the truth or failed to disclose all of their income and assets when they applied for benefits. Some common types of Medicaid fraud involving recipients include:
What is the Bureau of Fraud Investigation?
The Bureau of Fraud Investigation (BFI) conducts investigations of individuals and organized groups who are suspected of committing Medicaid fraud. It is part of the NYC Human Resources Administration's Office of Investigation. Investigations by the BFI may result in Administrative Disqualification Hearings, lawsuits to recover money, or referrals to the District Attorney for criminal prosecution. BFI investigators work out of offices at 151 West Broadway in Manhattan.
Who is the investigator?
Medicaid investigators are trained professionals who know how to conduct a thorough investigation. They work together with other investigators who have 10, 20, and even 30 years of experience investigating thousands of Medicaid fraud cases. They are supported by data analysts, financial auditors, and medical experts.
Free Report and Confidential Consultation
You do not have to face a Medicaid fraud investigation on your own. First, 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.