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4 charged in Medicare fraud scheme

How would it feel to be indicted on a federal fraud case to the tune of $25 million? This is what has happened to four people in the gulf state area that is inclusive of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. These two clinical psychologists were charged recently in this Medicare fraud scheme that entailed psychological testing in nursing homes throughout the four states listed above.

An assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, a U.S. attorney from the Eastern District of Louisiana, a special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's New Orleans Field Office and an additional special agent from the Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services came together to show unity. They all made the announcement that charges were being brought against the four doctors.

A 62-year-old woman from Slidell, Louisiana, and a 46-year-old man from Jackson, Mississippi, were charged by a superseding or overriding indictment that states the two physicians were conspiring to commit health care fraud and that they conspired to make false statements that related to health care matters. Two additional people, a 46-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman, both from Slidell, Louisiana, were charged as well. The charge for these two was for large-scale Medicare fraud in June of 2015.

Having these types of charges against you can be so very frightening. You are doing your job and are quite successful at it, only to be charged with something that means you could go to prison for many years and could face a huge fine. Having the right legal representation at a time like this is important. You need someone who has years upon years of experience in this arena.

It is good advice to say nothing to the authorities, ask for an attorney and wait for your lawyer to be with you during questioning.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, "Two Psychologists Charged in $25.2 Million Fraud Scheme Involving Psychological Testing in Gulf Coast States," Oct. 22, 2015

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