In our lines of work, we are expected to meet a certain standard and obligation. The failure to meet this duty could mean liabilities. Depending on a person's career, this could mean being written up, repercussions or even being fired. It could also mean criminal consequences. When professionals, such as doctors, fail to act properly in their role and take financial advantage of others, this could result in fraud charges. Those accused of committing fraud in their workplace could face serious penalties in addition to a damaged personal and professional reputation.
According to recent reports, a doctor in Mississippi was charged with fraud. Based on preliminary investigation, the doctor in Cleveland was arrested for fraud, and the 50-year-old doctor is currently facing 17 counts of medical fraud. It is not clear how many supposed patients were impacted or involved in this case.
These fraud allegations occurred between July 2011 and July 2014. The indictment claimed that the doctor, who is an ophthalmologist, billed patients for care that he did not provide, created false bills during a post-operative period and billed for care that is not deemed medically necessary. For every count faced, the doctor could face up to five years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
Being accused of fraud is not an easy matter to address. It can be complex and overwhelming. Because of that, it is important that defendants take the time and steps necessary to become well informed on their matter. This could help them better understand their options and strategize a criminal defense that could reduce or dismiss some or all of the charges against them.
Source: Wdam.com, "Mississippi doctor charged with 17 counts of medical fraud," Luke Smith, Oct. 3, 2017