The cost of healthcare in the United States is a cause of great concern for politicians and policymakers. As such, institutions are always looking for ways to cut costs and keep healthcare affordable.

Cracking down on healthcare fraud is a particularly appealing option- doing so comes with no costs and looks good to the public. By relentlessly pursuing this particular white collar crime, prosecutors can (apparently) do good for the public while also looking good for the public.

That's why it's important that you have a strong criminal defense attorney representing you if you've been accused of healthcare fraud. You need a capable, experienced lawyer to fight for you and your rights.

If you've been accused of healthcare fraud in South Carolina, please call the Law Office of Bill Nettles today at (803) 828-6126.

What Is Healthcare Fraud?

Like every other sort of fraud, healthcare fraud is the illegal use of deception and dishonesty to unlawfully acquire money from another party. Obviously, this happens in the context of the healthcare system.

Victims of healthcare fraud can be:

  • Individual patients
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • The state and federal governments

Specific examples of healthcare fraud include:

  • Falsely claiming to have provided healthcare when none was provided
  • Falsifying patient records
  • Unnecessary procedures or prescriptions
  • Use of unlicensed staff
  • Kickbacks to government officials
  • "Unbundling"

Healthcare fraud is usually a federal crime, and it is most often investigated by the FBI. If you've been accused of healthcare fraud, you'll want an attorney with significant experience in federal criminal defense.

The sentence for healthcare fraud can vary depending on the severity of the crime, but a hefty fine is the absolute bare minimum you can expect. Jail time is common in these cases, and if convicted, you can expect to lose your license to provide medical care.

As a criminal defense attorney and former US Attorney, Bill Nettles understands the intricacies of complicated fraud cases. He can provide you with skilled, vigorous legal representation throughout your time in the legal system.

If you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer in South Carolina, please call the Law Office of Bill Nettles today at (803) 828-6126.