While any criminal allegation has it consequences, some crimes carry with them personal and professional harms as well. Even if a conviction does not result, a person's reputation could be hurt. Thus, those accused of such a crime, like any crime, should take timely action to understand their situation and what defense options could be available.
According to recent reports, a Mississippi woman was arrested for insurance fraud. According to authorities, the 57-year-old woman was accused of presenting an altered Explanation of Benefits form to both Southern Administrators and Benefits Consultants, Inc. This was done as a means to seek reimbursement for medical expenses for which she apparently already received reimbursements.
The woman later surrendered herself to authorities following her indictment by a grand jury. If convicted of this crime, the woman could face a fine of $5,000 and up to three years in prison. While the penalties with this crime are harsh, it is still possible to fight the allegations. Even when evidence is collected and used against a defendant, this does not mean that this evidence will stand. It is possible to challenge evidence, even seeking its suppression.
Facing a charge of fraud could damage one's reputation. No matter what form of fraud a person is accused of, it is essential to understand the elements of the crime, the evidence involved in the case, potential penalties and possible defense strategies. This could help the accused reduce and even dismiss the charges against them.
Source: Washington Times, "Mississippi woman faces charge of insurance fraud," Sept. 1, 2017