Fraud is an act that the government takes very seriously, especially when
it involves government programs for healthcare. Just yesterday, five associates
of the Boward County Mental Health Hospital, were arrested on suspicion
of being involved in a huge scandal, one that fraudulently took millions
of dollars from Medicare. It is believed that these individuals, including
the chief executive officer of the hospital, would bill Medicare for their
services, and in order to cover their tracks and have the adequate documentation
they would pay brokers bribes.
Hollywood Pavilion CEO Karen Kallen-Zury is believed to be one heading
up the scandal since 2003, and at this time her assets have been frozen
by the government. According to the investigations the documents created
that billed Medicare were for patients who either did not qualify for
the Medicare coverage or patients who never even received treatment.
This was no small arrest, but it has been an ongoing multi-agency federal
sweep for years and so far there have been 91 arrests for people who have
played any role in the fraudulent acts. Executives, doctors, nurses, as
well as seven cities are being held accountable for the fraud. At this
time the government officials have been able to connect $429 million of
false billings made to Medicare, and it is causing concern for the increasingly
common trends of attempting to steal money from government programs such
as health care.
As stated, the government takes fraud very seriously, and there has been
a Medicare Fraud Taskforce created to fight this case, ad includes a large
team of government officials from the FBI, Justice Department and Human
Services Department. If you have been accused of any level of fraud, the
punishment may be severe and therefore hiring a criminal defense attorney
will be the most important step that you can take. Contact the
Robert B. Mann Law Office for a trusted defense attorney today!