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.
Federal authorities use a variety of tools in their health care fraud enforcement. For instance, law enforcement will sometimes use tips from the public when investigating or pursuing an individual suspected of fraud crimes. Last Thursday, the federal government released a list that they hope will encourage tips in connection to certain health care fraud cases.
We have mentioned in the past how health care fraud investigations can result in more than one person being charged for an alleged crime. Sometimes, investigations of health care fraud schemes can grow quite large, leading to many arrests and charges.
Recently, health care fraud has been getting more attention throughout the country. Consequently, prosecutors have been putting more resources into pursuing these types of cases. As this focus increases, we will likely see an increase in the number of these cases brought, and more aggressive pursuit of large settlements from those accused of these crimes.