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Minneapolis Healthcare Fraud Defense Lawyer

April 30, 2024

Healthcare Fraud Charges? We’re Here to Protect You

What Exactly is Healthcare Fraud?

Healthcare fraud covers a wide range of activities that involve misrepresenting information for financial gain within the healthcare industry. Some common examples include:

  • Billing for services that were never actually provided
  • Paying kickbacks for patient referrals
  • Falsifying diagnoses to justify unnecessary treatments or procedures
  • Upcoding to charge more than allowed for the services rendered

Basically, if you intentionally deceived or misled to get paid more by insurance programs like Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurers, that could be considered healthcare fraud.

The Consequences Are Severe

Make no mistake, healthcare fraud is a serious federal crime with harsh penalties. For example:

  • Criminal charges could lead to up to 10 years in prison for each healthcare fraud offense
  • Civil penalties can include triple damages plus $11,000 per false claim
  • You may be excluded from participating in Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs
  • Asset forfeiture and seizure are also on the table

Not to mention the collateral consequences of a conviction – your career and reputation could be completely destroyed. So yeah, you need to take this very seriously.

Why You Need the Best Healthcare Fraud Lawyers

Our healthcare fraud lawyers will:

  • Comb through all evidence against you to find any holes or weaknesses
  • Craft a strategic defense tailored to your situation
  • Pursue any grounds for dismissal, like lack of intent or good faith belief
  • Negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges or pretrial diversion
  • Take your case to trial if needed and fight aggressively for an acquittal

We leave no stone unturned in building the strongest possible defense case. Our firm has earned a reputation for excellence, we bring our A-game every single time2.

Common Healthcare Fraud Defenses

So what kind of defenses can we use to protect you? Here are some of the most common ones in healthcare fraud cases:

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Christine Twomey
2024-03-21
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2024-03-18
Alex Zhik contacted me almost immediately when I reached out to Spodek for a consultation and was able to effectively communicate the path forward/consequences of my legal issue. I immediately agreed to hire Alex for his services and did not regret my choice. He was able to cover my case in court (with 1 day notice) and not only was he able to push my case down, he carefully negotiated a dismissal of the charge altogether. I highly recommend Spodek, and more specifically, Alex Zhik for all of your legal issues. Thanks guys!
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2024-03-18
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Keisha Parris
2024-03-15
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
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Taïko Beauty
2024-03-15
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence. Thank you team!
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2024-03-12
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2024-03-12
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2024-02-24
I can't recommend Alex Zhik and Spodek Law Firm highly enough for their exceptional legal representation and personal mentorship. From the moment I engaged their services in October 2022, Alex took the time to understand my case thoroughly and provided guidance every step of the way. Alex's dedication to my case went above and beyond my expectations. His expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were evident throughout the entire process. He took the time to mentor me, ensuring I understood the legal complexities involved to make informed decisions. Alex is the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with and has made a meaningful impact on me. I also want to acknowledge Todd Spodek, the leader of the firm, who played a crucial role in my case. His leadership and support bolstered the efforts of Alex, and his involvement highlighted the firm's commitment to excellence. Thanks to Alex Zhik and Todd Spodek, I achieved the outcome I desired, and I am incredibly grateful for their professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. If you're in need of legal representation, look no further than this outstanding team.

Lack of Intent

To get a fraud conviction, prosecutors must prove you knowingly and intentionally engaged in deception with intent to defraud. If we can show any errors were simply unintentional mistakes with no fraudulent intent, that can defeat the charges.

Good Faith Belief

Even if some allegations are true, you have a defense if you had a legitimate, good-faith belief that your actions were proper and lawful. For example, if you relied on guidance from Medicare representatives when billing3.

Lack of Evidence

The burden is on the government to prove healthcare fraud beyond a reasonable doubt. If their evidence is lacking or based on conjecture, we can argue for dismissal due to insufficient proof3.

Widespread Industry Practice

In some cases, the alleged “fraud” was just following standard practices that were widespread in the industry at the time. This can negate any implication of intentional wrongdoing3.Our healthcare fraud defense lawyers will explore every potential avenue to attack the government’s case and clear your name.

What to Do If You’re Under Investigation

If you’re under investigation or have been accused of healthcare fraud, the most important thing is to avoid making any statements and hire an attorney immediately. Do not speak to investigators, prosecutors, or potential witnesses without your lawyer present. Anything you say can be used against you, even if you’re just trying to explain or defend yourself. Your lawyer will handle all communication and documentation requests. We’ll advise you on how to lawfully respond to any subpoenas, search warrants, or other demands from authorities. The earlier you get us involved, the better we can start protecting your rights and interests. We know how to navigate these complex cases from the investigation phase all the way through trial if needed.

Why Choose Spodek Law Group?

When you’re facing serious federal charges that could destroy your career and future, you can’t afford to take any chances with your legal representation. Here’s why Spodek Law Group should be your first choice:

  • We’ve handled hundreds of healthcare fraud cases at all stages2
  • Our attorneys literally wrote the book on healthcare fraud defense2
  • We are fierce, aggressive litigators prepared to fight for an acquittal at trial
  • You’ll receive hands-on attention and open communication every step
  • Our firm has an elite reputation known to judges and prosecutors2
  • We take a comprehensive team approach, holding regular case meetings

When you hire us, you get legal representation and service fit for an elite clientele. No other firm will fight harder to protect your rights, freedom and future.

Healthcare Fraud Investigations: What You Need to Know

Being investigated for healthcare fraud can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it’s crucial to know your rights and take the proper steps to protect yourself. Here’s what you need to understand: Federal agencies like the FBI, HHS-OIG, DOJ, and others conduct healthcare fraud investigations. They use tools like:

  • Subpoenas to compel testimony or production of records
  • Search warrants to seize potential evidence
  • Interviewing witnesses, employees, patients, etc.
  • Reviewing billing data and medical records
  • Utilizing confidential informants or undercover agents

If you’re aware of an investigation targeting you or your practice, it’s critical that you avoid making any statements and hire legal counsel immediately. Anything you say can potentially be used against you, even if you’re just trying to be cooperative and explain the situation. You could inadvertently make damaging admissions or statements that are taken out of context. Your healthcare fraud defense lawyer will handle all communication and responses related to the investigation going forward. We know how to lawfully object to overreaching subpoena requests, negotiate the scope of document production, prepare you properly for interviews, and more. The earlier you involve us, the sooner we can start protecting your rights and working towards getting the investigation closed with no charges filed.

Building a Strategic Healthcare Fraud Defense

If charges do get filed after an investigation, that’s when we kick our defense strategy into high gear. Our healthcare fraud lawyers will:

  1. Thoroughly review all evidence and allegations against you
  2. Identify key issues and potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s case
  3. Gather evidence, documentation, and testimony to support our defenses
  4. Develop affirmative defenses like lack of intent, good faith belief, etc.
  5. Scrutinize the prosecution’s evidence for any gaps or credibility issues
  6. Negotiate for a favorable pre-trial resolution if possible
  7. Prepare to take the case to trial and aggressively fight for acquittal

We take a comprehensive team approach, holding regular meetings to go over every detail of your case and adjust strategy as needed2. You’ll receive hands-on attention and open communication every step of the way.Our goal is to pursue all avenues for getting charges reduced or dismissed entirely. If we can’t get a favorable pre-trial resolution, we are absolutely prepared to take your case to trial and fight aggressively for an acquittal.

Don’t Risk Your Future – Get Elite Defense Today

Facing federal healthcare fraud charges can be daunting, but you don’t have to go through this alone. The experienced healthcare fraud defense team at Spodek Law Group is ready to jump into action and start protecting you.We handle these high-stakes, complex cases nationwide from our offices in New York and Los Angeles. Our attorneys literally wrote the book on healthcare fraud defense and we’ve earned an elite reputation for excellence2.

When your career, finances, and future are on the line, you need to level the playing field with federal prosecutors. Only Spodek Law Group can give you the fearless and skilled legal representation you deserve.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you or your organization is under investigation for healthcare fraud, or you’ve already been charged, your first step is to get the Spodek Law Group on your side immediately. We handle healthcare fraud cases nationwide from our offices in New York City and Los Angeles.

Call us at 212-210-1851 or contact us online to set up a free, confidential consultation. The sooner you have our elite team of healthcare fraud defense lawyers working for you, the better we can start building a strategic defense to defeat the charges against you. Your future is on the line, don’t take any chances – get Spodek Law Group in your corner today.

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