Federal authorities charged several Los Angeles County medical practitioners with fraud earlier this month. Investigators accused providers from Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Alhambra, Whittier, Los Angeles and Huntington Beach of bilking Medicare and Medicaid. Another provider from Calabasas faces charges of conspiracy to commit honest services mail and wire fraud.
Investigators say that the defendants created or participated in billing schemes worth about $150 million. In most cases, the doctors ordered unnecessary tests and prescriptions. In other cases, they submitted bills for services that they never provided.
Other providers from North Hollywood and Valley Village face charges of trying to defraud Medi-Cal of $10M. In that case, the providers submitted bills for services, testing and prescriptions that were not provided.
Investigators from multiple agencies, including the FBI and California agencies participated in the investigations and arrests.
Los Angeles Fraud Attorney
When you face charges of insurance fraud or related fraudulent activities, your best defense is to hire an experienced Los Angeles fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any US District Court. He also takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply works hard to get the charges reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible resolution to your case.
Convictions for insurance fraud can have a devastating effect on your ability to practice and maintain your professional licensure. These consequences can carry on well after you have resolved the case against you.
Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that a plea bargain is your best option in a federal case. Instead, contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County fraud case.
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