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Nowadays, many older Americans count on Medicare to provide them with health care benefits courtesy of the government. However, there are many forms of Medicare fraud that could result in criminal charges. Medicare fraud is a serious crime and the FBI will conduct thorough investigation to ensure that anyone committing this type of fraud faces the appropriate consequences. Generally, if you are convicted of Medicare or Medicaid fraud, you may face time in prison, significant fines, and various other penalties.

One of the most common forms of Medicare Fraud is attempting to claim reimbursement for health care costs through Medicare, even though you are not entitled to it. Those who commit this type of fraud will often gain access to personal information and use that information to effectively steal someone else's benefits. To get this information, they may call a Medicaid recipient and claiming to be with the government, and asking for the information directly.

Medicare fraud may also involve fraudulent billing. Some charges may stem from fraudulently billing Medicare for procedures that were unnecessary or were not performed or fraudulently inflating billing amounts by using different billing codes. In some cases, patients will work together with providers to fraudulently bill services to their Medicare account in exchange for a bribe.

If you have been accused of Medicare fraud, all hope is not lost. A criminal defense attorney specializing in fraud-related crime may be able to help build a defense the charges you face. Your attorney can also help negotiate a plea deal, if necessary, to reduce the charges against you or lessen the severity of your sentence.

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