More ominously, health care providers have been indicted and prosecuted under broader criminal fraud statutes, including mail and wire fraud statutes (18 U.S.C. § 1341 & § 1343), which call for longer terms of incarceration than does a violation of a more specific health fraud statute — up to 30 years imprisonment.
To compound the draconian nature of these prosecutions, the government has accused health care providers of money laundering under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956 & 1957, including instances where the alleged improper federal health care program payment has been transferred from the provider’s business account to a different account such as his spouse’s!
The government uses these prosecutions to “make examples” of the providers to induce other providers to comply with the law. Don’t run the risk of destroying your freedom, livelihood and reputation because you have been accused of health care fraud.