Deadly Healthcare Fraud in Florida and Beyond
Do you think Medicare and Medicaid fraud is a victim-less crime? Think again. Many times, health care fraud only causes monetary damages to the government and taxpayers. Depending on the type of fraud, however, it can also result in injuries to or even the death of Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. Unscrupulous fraudsters who fail to provide adequate care required by Medicare and Medicaid, not only scam the government and taxpayers, they put innocent lives in jeopardy.
Take for example a recent criminal healthcare fraud case in Maryland against Alpha Diagnostics, LLC, a portable diagnostic services provider of x-rays, ultrasounds, and cardiologic tests. According to the Department of Justice, the testimony and evidence presented at trial showed Alpha defrauded Medicare and Medicaid by falsely representing that the tests had been interpreted by licensed radiologists, when in fact, the tests had only been reviewed by non-physician employees of Alpha. In furtherance of the fraud, Alpha employees allegedly created fictitious reports purportedly created by an actual licensed physician to which they would forge the licensed physician’s signature.