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.
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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