The U.S. Department of Justice is charging almost two dozen health care workers for their role in a fraud scheme. The 23 individuals are accused of defrauding Medicare out of millions of dollars through a home health care agency. The operation is thought to have illegally obtained more than $60 million through fraudulent claims, kickbacks and bribes. Healthcare fraud of any type is a serious federal offense, and the repercussions could affect the accused for the rest of their lives.
Fraud committed through a home health organization
According to the prosecution, the fraud operation originates with the two individuals who owned a home health care organization. They operated multiple businesses using straw identities. Due to their position, they were able to submit fraudulent bills to Medicare for services not actually rendered. They also bribed others to participate in the scheme, and they are accused of using their friends and family to hide what they were doing.
The individuals involved with this operation collected tens of millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicare claims. They also used other conspirators to locate potential patients throughout the Detroit area. These patients did not actually require services, but Medicare will still be billed.
Defending their interests
Health care fraud is a federal crime that can result in decades in prison if convicted. Those facing these accusations will benefit from seeking the services and support of an experienced Michigan defense attorney who can provide guidance and counsel at every step. Each defendant has much at stake, but a thoughtfully prepared defense strategy can allow each one to confront the charges, defend personal interests and seek a beneficial outcome.