Medical Disability Fraud
Skilled National Law Firm Representing People Accused of Medical Fraud Crimes
If you have been accused of fraud after claiming disability benefits — whether from the government, your employer, or a private insurer — you should know that medical disability fraud is a serious crime with severe penalties.
If convicted, you could go to prison. And prosecutors will work very hard to send you there.
But an experienced medical fraud defense lawyer can fight against the prosecutors and insurance companies, working exhaustively with the goal to end investigations, clear your name, and get your charges dropped.
That’s what we fight for at Oberheiden, P.C.. We are a criminal defense law firm that focuses on medical fraud cases and represents clients across the nation.
We understand that every second of your freedom, every penny of your money, and the whole of your reputation matters. It matters to us like it matters to you. And we fight for it.
Whatever you’re facing, we want to help. Contact our medical disability fraud attorneys today.
What Is Medical Disability Fraud?
Medical disability fraud can be defined as knowingly receiving payments that are intended only for disabled people when you are not disabled.
The word “knowingly” is important. To convict you on any medical fraud charge, prosecutors would have to prove not only that you received money wrongfully but also that you did it intentionally. In many cases, that intent requirement is our first and most effective line of attack in our client’s defense.
Fraud allegations can arise out of any program or policy that pays benefits to disabled people. These include:
- Social Security disability insurance (SSD / SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Private insurance
- Workers’ compensation
- Employment benefits
- U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (disability benefits)
- Medicare, Medicaid, or other welfare programs
Common Examples of Medical Disability Fraud
Common examples of this kind of fraud include:
- Lying about being disabled in order to get benefits
- Exaggerating the severity of an injury, illness, or disabling condition
- Receiving more money than you should for your disability
- Falsifying a claim or information / documentation in support of the claim
- Making misrepresentations when applying for disability aid
- Not reporting all your income to a needs-based disability program
- Failing to update the benefits provider if your condition improves
- Receiving someone else’s disability benefits without permission
Healthcare providers can also be charged with medical disability fraud if they exaggerate their patient’s illness or injury (or assist in falsifying claims).
Meet Our Medical Disability Fraud Attorneys
When hiring a criminal defense lawyer, it’s important to know you’re in good hands.
Dr. Nick Oberheiden — An experienced attorney, author, and legal correspondent who solely practices federal healthcare defense law. Dr. Oberheiden, who earned not only a JD but also a PhD in Law, has successfully defended client after client in alleged fraud cases, including individuals, doctors, large organizations, and well-known public figures.
Dr. Oberheiden is just one of the many outstanding attorneys and legal professionals who work with our firm. We are a team of former federal prosecutors with years of experience. We invite you to learn more about them and the rest of our medical fraud criminal defense team.
Contact Our Experienced and Trusted Team for Smart and Reliable Legal Advice Right Away
If you stand accused of medical fraud, we encourage you to take steps to protect yourself as soon as possible. One of the most common mistakes people make is assuming the investigation is routine or “not a big deal.” Government agents have an incentive to find evidence of wrongdoing, and they have virtually limitless resources at their disposal.
At Oberheiden, P.C. we explore every available avenue of legal and strategic defense for our clients. Please contact our office to talk about your case and your options right away.
Dr. Nick Oberheiden, founder of Oberheiden P.C., focuses his litigation practice on white-collar criminal defense, government investigations, SEC & FCPA enforcement, and commercial litigation.