Prosecuting health care professionals and businesses has become big business in Washington D.C. In 2010, the government obtained more than $1.85 billion in Medicaid fraud prosecutions. That is nearly three times the amount they gained just six years prior. The money gained is a reflection of the increase in the money the government now spends investigating and prosecuting health care fraud.
The co-owner of American Therapeutic Corp., a 40 year old Miami woman, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison and ordered her and her associates to pay back $87 million in restitution. This Medicare fraud sentence comes close on the heels of the 50 year sentence received by fellow owner Lawrence Duran last week. The woman pleaded guilty to 21 felony counts for her role in operating the mental health company.
Lawmakers, investigators and judges are pushing harder than ever to show that they are dedicated to punishing people convicted of health care fraud. The latest example involved a health care executive in Miami who was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for Medicare fraud. The sentence is 20 years longer than any other sentence given in connection to Medicare fraud. The judge made it clear that it was his intent to provide a deterrent against healthcare fraud in South Florida, an area long regarded as the primary hot spot for fraudulent Medicare claims.
A Florida-based mental health services provider recently reached a settlement with federal prosecutors after a former employee submitted hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent health care claims.
Following the inquiry into the actions of her son, Gregory Campbell, Florida lawmaker Daphne Campbell is now being investigated. Her son stands accused of Medicaid fraud in connection with nearly $300,000 in allegedly fraudulent claims for state funds. In this case, investigators with the state attorney general's office are reviewing payments made by the state to the health care facilities that Campbell co-ran with her husband, Hubert.
Gregory Campbell, the son of Representative Daphne Campbell, has been charged with fraudulently billing the government for nearly $300,000 worth of services that were not provided. Medicare fraud has received increased government attention in recent years as they attempt to address spiraling costs. The charges renewed interest in claims that Representative Campbell and her husband engaged in questionable practices while running nine adult care homes before she ran for office.
Two Florida-based companies, Medlink Professional Management Group and American Therapeutic Corp., entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. The charges stemmed from a Medicare fraud scheme that resulted in more than $200 million in improper claims.
A person can face serious consequences if they are convicted of Medicare fraud. What specific sentence a person in this circumstance will face can be influenced by a variety of factors. One of these factors is the monetary amount of the fraud the person was convicted of. This can be seen in a recent Medicare fraud case from Florida.
Authorities have been getting increasingly aggressive in their efforts to combat Medicare fraud. When authorities bring Medicare fraud charges against an individual, it can result in the individual in question facing serious consequences.
Government authorities have recently been putting a greater focus on Medicare fraud enforcement. Because of this, authorities can be quite aggressive in their investigations of alleged Medicare fraud schemes. These investigations can lead to multiple people facing criminal charges. For instance, charges have recently been brought against several individuals in a Florida health care fraud case.