What happens when someone is under investigation for Medicare fraud

On Behalf of | May 26, 2022 | Medicare and Medicaid Fraud

Medicare exists so American citizens 65 and older do not have to live without healthcare. Younger people with disabilities and those with End-Stage Renal Disease are also eligible.

The government takes the distribution of these funds seriously. Representatives move the moment they suspect someone is guilty of Medicare fraud.

Sending notification

First, the United States Attorney’s Office for the district in question mails the target of its investigation a letter. This communication usually details the nature of the accusation. Generally, it also informs the recipient of what legal rights exist.

Collecting evidence

The FBI will want to gather evidence to prove its case. Someone in its crosshairs can expect authorities to grab personal items. Electronic equipment is particularly vulnerable, including laptops, desktop computers, tablets and phones. Paper files may also be subject to confiscation. Under most circumstances, a warrant is necessary. A search can happen regardless of whether the individual is present. Anyone at home during a raid should know how to respond.

Arresting the suspect

Once authorities believe they have built a case, they put the suspect behind bars. Many times, the arrestee is set free on pretrial release with particular conditions attached. Judges reserve the right to refuse this privilege based on the severity of the accusation. Investigators will want to question the subject of the suit. The best option for anyone is to remain silent other than requesting an attorney.

Facing an accusation of Medicare fraud is an intense situation. The long arm of the law is relentless when it decides to pursue its theories.

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