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What are the consequences of federal healthcare fraud charges?

Although not everyone in Louisiana and other states is aware of it, healthcare fraud has become a significant problem in the United States over the past few decades. The magnitude of the damage to the healthcare system, including public and private insurance programs, led federal legislators in the 1990s to make defrauding the Medicare system a federal crime. Even so, criminal offenses involving healthcare providers and individuals with criminal motives continue to take billions in taxpayer dollars out of the economy. For this reason, anyone facing federal charges of fraud faces prison if convicted.

Defense options for complex white-collar criminal charges

White-collar crimes often present serious penalties for anyone who is convicted on federal charges. Louisiana residents may know that white-collar charges, such as fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, immigration fraud and embezzlement, typically involve money obtained through acts of deception. These cases are often investigated by federal agents to determine how someone made off with money that was not theirs.

Although nonviolent, health-care fraud is still a felony offense

Like every other state, Louisiana classifies crimes as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the gravity of an act and the injury to its victims. Misdemeanor offenses are comparatively minor. Felonies, however, are considered to be severe, and the consequences for a conviction typically include imprisonment. Even felonies, though, are subdivided into violent and nonviolent offenses. Violent felony offenses are crimes that physically harm or kill victims. Nonviolent offenses do not physically harm victims, but they still create injury of some sort, usually financial. Certain types of fraud, such as those involving the public health-care system, are nonviolent felonies.

Police arrest 17-year-old teenager on drug charges

Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, has a long list of people who have been accused of drug offenses. Some of them were acquitted of the charges, while others were convicted. Each drug offense carries unique penalties, depending on where the accused person was prosecuted-state or federal court. Still, drug charges should be taken seriously, as the repercussions are often severe. Fines, penalties and prison time are some of the most common results of a drug-related conviction.

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