Defrauding the State. What is Welfare Fraud?
Most experienced Baltimore criminal defense lawyers Attorney Eric T. Kirk, have, at one time or another, handled a case or two where is was alleged their client engaged in some type of ‘welfare or Medicaid fraud’. Fraud is described, generally, as:
- a material misrepresentation of fact
- intentionally of recklessly made
- with the intent to mislead the recipient
- detrimental reliance by the recipient
It likely comes as no surprise that it is illegal to misappropriate state sponsored medical care, or to offer a bride or kickback in connection with state sponsored medical services. The penalties for Medicare fraud involving more than $500 can be significant – five years in jail, and a sizeable fine. These can be difficult cases for the state to prove. Receiving a government benefit to which on is entitled is not necessarily a crime.