The federal government takes financial crime seriously, and those in Michigan found guilty of these types of offenses could face serious legal repercussions. The owner of a telemedicine company recently pleaded guilty to health care fraud, and she is now facing the potential of life-altering consequences for this federal offense. She entered a guilty plea for charges of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks.
Details of an illegal operation
Federal authorities say that between 2018 and 2019, the owner of a telemedicine company conspired with several others to defraud Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as solicit and receive illegal kickbacks. Others involved with the scheme include the owner of a lab company, the owner of a marketing company and other physicians and care providers. The defendant received kickback payments from marketers for providing doctors’ orders for a certain type of genetic testing.
This specific type of test relates to the diagnosis of cancer, using DNA sequencing to determine if a patient has a higher risk of this illness. It does not determine whether the individual currently has cancer. Marketers targeted individuals for this testing by using door-to-door sales and other strategies.
Is a guilty plea the best option?
There are times when a Michigan defendant may be wise to enter a guilty plea. In some cases, this allows one to avoid the stress and cost of a trial while securing terms that are more favorable for his or her long-term interests. When considering the best approach if facing health care fraud or other federal charges, it is critical to consider both the short and long-term impacts of accepting a plea agreement.