LEGAL GUIDANCE FOR CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS IN ORANGE COUNTY
Karren Kenney is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has dedicated her career to protecting the rights of Orange County individuals facing prosecution. Ms. Kenney has practiced as a defense lawyer for her entire career, never prosecuting anyone, and she has tried over 60 criminal cases. In her 20 years of practice, Ms. Kenney has gained a significant amount of experience in cases that involve the full spectrum of criminal offenses, such as healthcare fraud.
FIGHTING CHARGES OF HEALTHCARE FRAUD
The term “healthcare fraud” can be confusing. However, it is important to understand the definition of this crime and its implications. The state of California has steadily intensified its efforts to prosecute cases of healthcare fraud and has even formed a task force for the purpose of investigating them. As a result, more and more charges are being brought against individuals who have engaged in this type of illegal conduct.
In California, healthcare fraud cases can take many forms, but they usually involve a plan to deceive either the federal Medicare system or the Medi-Cal system. Some of the most common examples of this behavior include submitting inflated medical bills or claiming expenses for services that were never performed. Other cases of healthcare fraud can involve collecting kickbacks for Medicare or Medi-Cal referrals.
If you are convicted of this offense, you can potentially be subject to criminal restitution as well as civil damages. It can be tried as a misdemeanor or as a felony, or it can be tried under federal Medicare laws. Someone who is found guilty of healthcare fraud may be sentenced with a term of imprisonment for up to five years and a monetary fine of up to $50,000, or double the amount of the fraud, whichever is greater. Those penalties are in addition to restitution, which is required by California law. A court will determine the amount to be paid.
Furthermore, if a health care professional is found guilty of healthcare fraud, he or she may have a medical license revoked. Thus, the possible penalties in a healthcare fraud case can be detrimental to one’s livelihood and reputation in the long term as well as the short term. This means that it is crucial to hire an attorney who can help you mount the strongest possible defense in your situation.
The offense of healthcare fraud requires the prosecution to show specific intent to defraud Medi-Cal or another benefits program. A charge will not be sustained unless the defendant had the intent to deceive the program and made a false statement or wrongfully concealed information for the purpose of gaining a material or financial advantage.
ORANGE COUNTY ATTORNEY KNOWLEDGEABLE IN FRAUD CHARGES
If you or someone you know in Orange County has been charged with deceiving Medicare or Medi-Cal, you should not hesitate to contact fraud crimes lawyer Karren Kenney. She has achieved certification as a fraud specialist by the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists and has extensive experience representing clients facing prosecution based on these offenses. Ms. Kenney will stand up for you in the courtroom, and she will relentlessly pursue all ways available to get your charges reduced or dropped. From our office in Costa Mesa, we serve individuals throughout Southern California, including Huntington Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, and Los Angeles. Call (855) 505-5588 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.