Medicare and Medicaid fraud continue to be serious crimes in Texas. They represent not only a drain on federal and state monetary resources, but are also a corrupting influence on others who would like to find a way to make some quick money. Recently, a federal task force targeted over 590 suspects, including at least 150 from the medical profession. This nationwide Medicare fraud takedown is touted to be the largest healthcare fraud enforcement dragnet in American history. As such, criminal defense attorneys are gearing up to provide necessary defense services to the accused persons.
The FBI in Houston recently arrested 12 people for health care fraud as part of the effort. Medicare theft is a particularly heinous crime because those who are entitled to receive Medicare paid for it during the course of many years of employment. Benefits are often fraudulently confiscated by unscrupulous medical providers who are more interested in monetary possession over the merits of professional health care. Health care providers who participate in these schemes will also bill the Medicare and Medicaid programs for medically unnecessary services or services that were not provided.
The fraudulent schemes extend also to prescription billing frauds. Among those arrested in Texas were doctors, nurses and pharmacological representatives. These schemes generally involve the doctor giving out free samples of a drug and enticing the patient into settling into the substance as part of his or her medication regimen. The doctor and other medical promoters then receive kickbacks from the big-pharm companies.
The investigation is described as the product of collaborative efforts between federal, state and local authorities. Texas criminal defense counsel who specialize in this type of defense are adept at presenting the best defenses and mitigating circumstances on behalf of accused clients. Authorities say that drug addiction and the opioid crisis likely intersect with this area of criminal activity. Thus, some who are involved are willing to risk their futures for access to drug products, which is a formula for self-destruction and one which requires intensive therapy to combat.