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Department of Justice Prosecutions of COVID-19 PPE Fraud

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Coronavirus on Thursday, June 25, 2020

As discussed in a prior post, the Department of Justice has formed a nationwide task force comprised of AUSAs from each of the 93 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, as well as Main Justice. Together they total more than 100 federal prosecutors, to investigate and prosecute fraud related to the ongoing pandemic. The District of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito spearheads this effort.

Tags: Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Coronavirus

COVID-19 Tests and Potential Kickback Enforcement

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Kickbacks, Coronavirus on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

One of the largest issues hampering the re-opening of the American economy is that there are many asymptomatic yet contagious carriers of COVID-19. Rational leaders, medical experts, and scientists agree that widespread testing is essential to prevent further hotspots and determine which areas of the country may start to open again. Tests to determine whether a person is currently infected, as well as  antibody tests to determine whether a person has been exposed and may have some immunity to the virus, will soon be widely available from many new sources. Companies cannot make informed decisions about when and how to re-open without knowing if their employees are healthy. State and local governments cannot determine how to move forward without this critical information. The federal government has assisted testing companies and labs by removing some of the FDA safeguards and time periods normally in place to ensure quality standards and safety. 

Tags: Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Kickbacks, Coronavirus

Coronavirus and Related-Fraud Prosecutions are on the Rise

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Coronavirus on Monday, March 30, 2020

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and various state agencies have announced that they will aggressively pursue fraudulent schemes related to COVID-19. On March 16, Attorney General William Barr directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to prioritize the detection, investigation, and prosecution of all criminal conduct related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Each office was directed to appoint a COVID-19 fraud coordinator to serve as the liaison between the local Department of Justice and their state and local counterparts.

Tags: Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Coronavirus

Healthcare Fraud Still a Top Government Priority

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Kickbacks, Anti-Kickback Act, Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act on Monday, December 16, 2019

Investigating and prosecuting healthcare fraud remains one of the top priorities of the Department of Justice. Nationwide crackdowns and arrests have demonstrated that the government’s war on crime goes beyond drugs, guns, and gangs. While those are certainly a priority of DOJ and an easy way to boost prosecution numbers nationwide, they are by no means the only priority.

Tags: Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Kickbacks, Anti-Kickback Act, Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act

Opioid Prosecutions of Doctors and Pharmacists

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense, Doctors, Criminal Investigation, Prescription Pills Abuse, Prescription Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Pharmacists on Friday, January 25, 2019

The federal government has hired 300 additional prosecutors and created the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit and the Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement Team to investigate, uncover, and prosecute the prescribing and dispensing of opioids by healthcare professionals – doctors and pharmacists – as well as street-level sales of opioids and fentanyl. Since January 2018, over 200 doctors have been charged. 

Tags: Criminal Defense, Doctors, Criminal Investigation, Prescription Pills Abuse, Prescription Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Pharmacists

Telemedicine - New Frontiers in Medicine and Potential Legal Issues

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Healthcare Fraud on Monday, September 24, 2018

The United States is slowly moving to catch up with medical practices in some European and Asian countries in using technology to avoid an in-person doctor’s appointment. Without having to schedule and wait for an appointment, take time off from work, or leave home, a person can have common aliments diagnosed using their smartphone. Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and technology to provide clinical healthcare at a distance.

Tags: Healthcare Fraud

Healthcare Fraud Investigations – What Does the Government Look For?

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Healthcare Fraud on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Federal and state prosecutors are increasingly aggressive in their investigation and prosecution of healthcare fraud. Given the vast amounts of government or private insurance monies that can be exploited, the penalties have increased for healthcare professionals and others who engage in fraudulent activities. Sentences of 10 years or more, in addition to forfeitures, restitution and fines in the millions of dollars, are becoming commonplace.

Tags: Healthcare Fraud

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