Authorities can be very aggressive in their enforcement efforts against health care fraud. Serious criminal charges can be brought against an individual if he or she is accused of such fraud. This can be seen in a health care fraud case that has recently arisen in Louisiana.

The case involves an 18-year-old woman from Jefferson, Louisiana. The woman works as a personal care attendant. The woman has been accused of Medicaid fraud.

It has been alleged that some of the timesheets the woman turned in to her employer contained false information regarding the amount of personal care services given to patients. Specifically, it has been alleged that the timesheets said that the woman provided personal care services at times when she, in fact, did not.

Allegedly, these alleged submissions of false timesheets occurred over a period of several months and resulted in the state’s Medicaid program getting defrauded out of around $28,000.

According to the article on WVLA’s website which reported this story, last week, authorities arrested the woman in connection to these allegations. She reportedly faces 10 counts of Medicaid fraud. If she is convicted of these charges, she could be given a substantial prison sentence.

As this case illustrates, being accused of health care fraud can lead to a person facing serious criminal charges and major potential punishments. Thus, the stakes can be quite high in health care fraud cases. Consequently, if an individual is accused of health care fraud, having a strong defense can be very important.

Source: WVLA, “Teen booked for 10 counts of Medicaid fraud,” Dec. 3, 2012