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Nurse practitioner accused of white collar crimes

The Attorney General in a state outside Michigan recently announced charges against a 55-year-old nurse practitioner in that state. She is accused of white collar crimes involving Medicaid fraud. If convicted, the woman may face up to 15 years in prison and incur substantial monetary fines of up to $150,000.

The medical professional is believed to have falsified patient claims for payment for as much as $3,200 in Medicaid benefits. Allegations against the woman state that she presented more than 50 claims for payment for medical services supposedly rendered to patients in her office. Officials say that, in actuality, those services were prescription-related and were taken care of over the telephone.

It has also been suggested that the nurse practitioner presented claims for other medical services that she purported to have provided in her office. Authorities claim that she was really in Florida and New York during the times the services were said to have been offered. She has apparently waived her arraignment, and a $10,000 bond has been set.

In all such cases of suspected white collar crimes involving Medicaid fraud in Michigan, those accused are presumed innocent unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court. Criminal laws vary from state to state but the general principals of fraud apply in all states. Experienced representation may be crucial toward obtaining a positive outcome in court. An attorney can review an individual situation, identifying both strengths and weaknesses in a case in order to prepare and present a strong defense on a defendant's behalf.

Source: wcbicom, "Nurse Practitioner Accused Of Bilking Medicaid", Robert Davidson, Jan. 8, 2016

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