Illinois Healthcare Fraud Defense Attorney
Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Cook, DuPage, Kane and Will Counties
The prosecution of healthcare fraud is on an upswing across the nation and throughout Illinois. Law enforcement, government agencies, and insurance companies are dedicating huge amounts of resources to cracking down on what they perceive to be a major contributor to the increasing cost of healthcare. If you are accused of healthcare fraud in Illinois, you will need an experienced defense attorney to help protect your rights and shield you from serious legal penalties. The highly respected attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have successfully represented clients charged with criminal activity in courtrooms throughout northwest Illinois.
Health Care Fraud Defense and Penalties in the Chicago Area
Health Care Fraud encompasses a variety of criminal offenses involving the healthcare industry, including:
- Medicare and Medicaid fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Billing fraud (over and under billing of medical services and miscoding)
- Document fraud
- Prescription fraud
- Kickback schemes
- Prescription drug fraud and/or trafficking
Criminal health care fraud charges may be brought against entire healthcare agencies and organizations, or individuals, including patients and doctors. Penalties upon conviction will vary depending on a number of factors, such as the nature of the specific offenses, and the amount of financial loss resulting from the fraud. You can face penalties that may include jail time, heavy fines, and financial restitution. Furthermore, if you are a licensed healthcare professional, a conviction on health care fraud puts you at risk of losing your professional license and your ability to work in your desired field, which may exacerbate serious financial hardship and bring certain public embarrassment.
As in any criminal case, the government in a health care fraud prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a fraud has been committed. Meeting this burden, in a health care fraud case, is often particularly difficult because the cases tend to be extremely document intense. Furthermore, the accused conduct is typically regulated not only by statute and case law, but also numerous government regulations, which can further complicate the legal issues. A legal team that is experienced and knowledgeable can make all the difference.
The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. understand the critical elements of health care fraud in Illinois. If you are charged with any of the numerous health care fraud offenses, we will work to reduce the consequences you face, including imprisonment, payment of hefty fines and restitution, and the loss of employment and professional licensing. We offer aggressive legal representation with a thorough knowledge of the applicable regulations essential to forming an effective defense strategy. Contact us to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area, and serve DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.