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Medi-Cal Fraud

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Have you been legally accused of committing Medi-Cal fraud? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Credit Card Fraud, Embezzlement, Insurance Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.

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What is Medi-Cal Fraud?

Medi-Cal is a state program that helps low-income families with health costs. Medi-Cal fraud is a type of insurance fraud that targets Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Examples of Medi-Cal Fraud

Since Medi-Cal fraud can be difficult to understand, here are some common examples of how Medi-Cal fraud is committed.

  • Getting Medi-Cal benefits under a false declaration in order to get more from Medi-Cal
  • Making a false or fraudulent claim on purpose for payment of a Medi-Cal benefit
  • Submitting a claim for a Medi-Cal benefit that was not actually used

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Penalties for Medi-Cal Fraud

Medi-Cal fraud is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor of a felony depending on the circumstances of the case.
The penalties as a misdemeanor include:

  • Misdemeanor probation
  • Imprisonment time
  • A maximum fine of $10,000

The penalties as a felony include:

  • Felony probation
  • Imprisonment time
  • A fine up to $50,000 or double the amount of money defrauded, whichever is greater

Cases prosecuted in federal court could face much more severe punishment.

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Legal Defenses for Medi-Cal Fraud

If you didn’t have fraudulent intent then you aren’t guilty of Medi-Cal fraud. Even if you were unaware or made a mistake, if you weren’t intending to commit fraud then you can’t be guilty of Medi-Cal fraud.

The prosecutor has to prove every element of a crime. For example, they have to prove that you knew you were committing Medi-Cal fraud with the intent to defraud someone.

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