Health Care Fraud Attorney Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia SC lawyer Matt Bodman handles cases involving Medicare fraud, overcharging and more
Have you been charged with health care fraud? Accused of overbilling the government or fraudulent medical records? Don't underestimate the seriousness of your federal criminal charges. Take your charges seriously right from the start. Contact attorney Matt Bodman. Call (866) 487-9077.
Federal criminal defense cases involving health care fraud cases can be extremely complicated. The laws governing the health care industry often require an overwhelming amount of documentation. This complexity has led to a rise in health care fraud charges. With increased scrutiny from law enforcement and investigators, accounting errors or bookkeeping mistakes can quickly turn into a criminal investigation.
If you, a family member or a co-worker is a target of a federal investigation involving health care fraud, don't talk to anyone until you talk to a fraud attorney. It's important to understand your charges and the implications of a conviction for health care fraud.
What types of health care fraud cases does attorney Bodman handle?
Attorney Bodman represents all types of professionals in the health care industry, from accountants and hospital administrators to nurses and doctors. Mr. Bodman handles cases involving many different kinds of health care fraud, including:
- Medicare/Medicaid Fraud
- Overcharging/Overbilling the Government
- Fraudulent Medical Records
- Upcoding, Miscoding, and Phantom Billing
- Illegal prescriptions and doctor shopping
What's the penalty for health care fraud conviction?
The penalties for health care fraud on the federal level are often very strict and may include:
- Prison time - If you are convicted of health care fraud, you could be sentenced to up to 10 years in jail.
- Fines - Financial penalties for health care fraud vary widely. In some cases, companies that engage in health care fraud can be fined thousands or millions of dollars by the federal government. In the case of Medicaid or Medicare fraud, individuals can be fined up to $250,000 per offense.
Other penalties also sometimes apply, including restitution for money improperly obtained through fraudulent acts. Individuals found guilty of health care fraud might also be sentenced to long, strict probation sentences.
Who investigates health care fraud cases?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU) typically oversees cases involving federal health care fraud (violations in more than one state).
Federal health care fraud cases often involve hundreds of pages of documents. Sorting through the government's evidence can be overwhelming. It takes time and resources to mount a strong defense. South Carolina federal health care fraud defense attorney Matt Bodman has access to experts who can help bolster your defense. He knows what evidence to look for and how to build a legal case designed to get the results clients need. Call our offices today.
How can attorney Bodman help me with my health care fraud case?
As a former assistant solicitor to Richland County, attorney Matt Bodman has experience handling complex investigations and prosecutions. He understands the tactics used by prosecutors because he worked as one. He can aggressively defend you and protect your freedom if you've been charged in federal court.
Don't wait to take legal action. Building a successful health care fraud case takes time, determination and a close attention to detail. Attorney Bodman painstakingly pores over pages of documents in search of evidence designed to build strong legal cases.
Put your trust in a lawyer that puts your needs first. Contact Matt Bodman, P.A., for a free consultation. Call (866) 487-9077.
"I have dedicated my career to fighting for the rights of professionals charged with serious crimes," Bodman said. "As your lawyer, I will vigorously pursue the best possible result in your case."
The federal government created Medicaid to provide health care to low income people nationwide. Another federal program, Medicare, primarily provides health care to people 65 years old and older, as well as certain younger people with disabilities.
Medicaid and Medicare fraud covers a wide range of wrongdoing. In prosecuting this type of fraud, the government may target individual doctors or health care professionals or entire medical practices or hospitals.
We have the resources to defend doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other large institutions accused of Medicare or Medicaid fraud. The following are a few common scenarios that may prompt a fraud investigation:
- Doctors submit claims for services never rendered (Phantom billing)
- Hospitals exaggerate the level of care provided to patients (Upcoding)
- Medical professionals bill twice for the same service (Double billing)
We also represent individuals accused of defrauding the Medicare or Medicaid system. Whether you've been charged or you are under investigation, don't wait to take legal action. Your freedom and professional reputation are on the line. Contact us immediately.
Overcharging/Overbilling the government
The federal government has strict, complicated guidelines concerning reimbursing hospitals, doctors and other medical professionals for health care services provided to patients with government-funded health care plans.
If you have been accused to overcharging the government for such services, contact us as soon as possible so we can begin working on your defense. The penalties for overbilling or overcharging the federal government can be severe. Such cases can also be complicated. Federal investigators with seemingly vast amounts of resources often spend months compiling hundreds of pages of evidence.
We know how to analyze such documents and find critical pieces of information to bolster your defense. If a dismissal of the charges is not possible, we know how to effectively negotiate with federal prosecutors for the best possible deal on behalf of our clients. That's why health professionals and others accused of overbilling the federal government for health care-related expenses rely on us in South Carolina. We thoroughly understand the law, and we have the case results to prove it.
Medical records can be complicated and confusing. Mistakes are sometimes made. Other times, health care professionals intentionally falsify records. In either case, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal agencies will take a tough stance against health care professionals accused of falsifying medical records.
Whatever the reason for the wrong information being recorded in medical records, it's important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side who understands the state and federal laws governing fraudulent medical records. Don't attempt to try to take on the FBI and experienced government prosecutors by yourself.
Attorney Bodman knows how to fight on behalf of clients and aggressively strives to get cases dismissed or minimize the damage of a charge. He knows how to adeptly negotiate with government prosecutors to obtain the best plea bargain possible. He also prepares every case for trial if necessary. A former assistant state prosecutor, he knows how to construct complicated cases and aggressively pursue the best possible outcome on behalf of his clients.
Whether you have been accused of falsifying medical records, billing for services you did not provide or another form health care fraud, don't wait to take legal action. Contact us immediately. Your best interests will always come first here.