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The FBI is the primary agency for exposing and investigating health care fraud, with jurisdiction over both federal and private insurance programs. Being charged with insurance fraud means that the FBI is accusing you of conducting a fraudulent act or false claim for payment from an insurance company.

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Health care fraud investigations are considered a high priority within the FBI's Complex Financial Crime Program, and each of the FBI’s 56 field offices has personnel assigned specifically to investigate medicare and medical fraud matters. The FBI seeks to identify and pursue investigations against the most egregious offenders involved in health care fraud through investigative partnerships with other federal agencies,

Necessity is a Defense


You are not only facing a lenghty prison term, but also the government wants everything that you have accumalated in your lifetime including your property, your license, your practice, all of your money. You and your family will be left for broke.

This is an important step in which 99% of those later accused wish that they could redo. Instead of fighting at this stage many enter into an agreement to offset future billing and regret it forever.

This is a major stage when the government issues subpoenas, requests documents. interviews witnesses and procures testimony. An agreement should be in place regarding the parameters of the investigation.

If the corporation wishes to resolve the criminal and civil investigation, to avoid the government using a criminal investigation to leverage a civil settlement, counsel must send a letter to prosecutors.

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Michael Devereux is one of the more highly respected attorneys in Los Angeles. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Devereux the premiere Los Angeles attorney located in prestigious Century City. Mr. Devereux started his own firm in 2004 after working for the Cochran Firm, and assisting with the Robert Blake and Michael Jackson defense teams. As the sole proprietor of Wexford Law, Mr. Devereux has been successfully representing clients for close to 20 years. Former clients, their family and friends repeatedly return to Wexford Law for help in matters involving appeals, civil rights, cyber crimes, defamation, forfeiture, Internet matters, litigation, restraining orders and white-collar crime. Mr. Devereux loves taking on the government and major corporations.

Wexford Law and Michael Devereux, Top Rated Attorney for Medical Fraud Defense

Medical fraud is a serious charge that can have devastating consequences, including everything one ever acquired and more. It can leave families devastated with their loved one and primary bread winner serving a long prison term. The client is likely to lose their license, their practice, their home, their cars, any investments and any cash that they have, along with other assets.

What is Healthcare Fraud?

The majority of health care fraud is committed by organized crime groups and a very small minority of dishonest health care employees. The most common types of health care fraud according to CMS include: 1) Knowingly submitting, or causing to be submitted, false claims or submitting misrepresentations to acquire claims reimbursement from payers for which no entitlement exists; 2) intentionally soliciting, receiving, offering, and/or paying remuneration to encourage or reward referrals for items or services reimbursed by payers; and 3) providing prohibited referrals for specific designated health services.

How Can Providers Detect Health Care Fraud?

As value-based purchasing takes hold of the healthcare industry, providers are also seeing claims reimbursement rates drop in favor of incentive payments. Efforts to maximize revenue may push some providers and/or employees to engage in healthcare fraud and abuse activities without intending to, such failing to correct a billing clerk who assumes a provider performed specific services, billing for medications that patient never picked up, and coordinating with other provider organizations under value-based agreements. While providers may or may not intend to commit healthcare fraud and abuse crimes, the federal government is as strict as ever with cracking down on fraud schemes.

Federal False Claims Act

Imposes civil liability on any individual who knowingly submits, or causes the submission of, false or fraudulent claims to the federal government, law officials do not need proof of specific intent to defraud to charge individuals.

Anti-Kickback Statute

Targets individuals who knowingly and willfully pay, solicit, offer, or receive remuneration directly or indirectly to induce or reward referrals of services and items reimbursed by federal healthcare programs.

Physician Self-Referral Law

Prohibits providers from making referrals for services reimbursable by federal healthcare programs to an entity in which the provider (or family member) has an ownership or investment interest or a compensation agreement.

Penal Code § 242(1)

Domestic battery. Penal Code § 242, battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another punishablen up to six months in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. If charged as a felony then the defendant is facing prison time from 18 to 36 months., along with a fine. Penal Code § 242

Penal Code § 243(e)

Penal Code § 243 is California's law on domestic battery – defines this offense as a “battery” committed against a person with whom you have an intimate relationship. Typically, battery is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 or six to twelve months imprisonment in the county jail, or both. Penal Code § 243(e)

Penal Code § 273.5

Corporal injuary with willful infliction can be charged either as a misdemeanor or as a felony. If charged as a felony, the maximum prison sentence is four years in state prison; if a misdemeanor, the maximum sentence is one year in county jail. In either event, a fine of up to $6,000 may also be imposed. Penal Code § 273.5

Penal Code § 273(d)

Child abuse can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If charged as a felony, the maximum prison sentence is generally six years; as a misdemeanor, the maximum jail sentence is one year. In either case, upon conviction a person may also be required to pay a fine up to $6,000. Penal Code § 273(d)

Penal Code § 368 Elder Abuse

If a person commits Elder Abuse or abuse of a Dependent Adult in circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death, the crime can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, punishable by a fine of up to $6,000, imprisonment for up to four years, or both. Otherwise, the crime is a misdemeanor.

Penal Code § 29805 (Gun Rights)

Convicted of a misdemeanor battery prohibits the defendant from owning, buying, receiving, or possessing a firearm for a period of 10 years following the date conviction. Penal Code Section 29800 imposes a lifetime ban on individuals convicted of any felony. Moreover, federal law imposes a lifetime ban on gun ownership and possession for any person convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence under certain circumstances.

Results Oriented - Wexford Law is Michael Devereux, Not A Law Firm By Committee

Results matter at Wexford Law. Our approach is client-oriented, and we are committed to providing the best results possible. Some law firms measure success by their growth in size. Yet, other law firms measure their success by profit. Our priority is to measure our success based upon results. You will not be shuffled off to a junior attorney. Your attorney will have close to 20 years of attorney experience from beginning to end. Our endeavour is to establish long-lasting relationships with our clients so that they can refer us to their friends and family.

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