Michigan Medicare Fraud Lawyers

As an employee in the insurance, pharmaceutical or medical care industry you are likely dealing with the pressures of long hours, fast-paced procedures and quick turn-around times. Corporations and companies within these industries are trying to get through as many patients, billings and prescriptions as they can and as fast as they can. Unfortunately, while efficiency is not a crime, that does not give room for Medicare fraud.

What may have been a common practice for weeks, months, even years could actually be a violation of federal law. As an employee who may have realized such a violations and may have even brought this to light to his or her employer only to find that nothing has been done to correct it, you have protection under federal law.

Under the federal False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3739-33, a private citizen is allowed to file a claim in federal court to seek recovery of government funds obtained through fraud. This is commonly known as a qui tam or whistleblower claim.

Michigan Attorneys Knowledgeable in Qui Tam Laws

If you believe you have a qui tam case, the first thing is to seek experienced legal counsel. At Bredell & Bredell, located in Ypsilanti and Jackson, Michigan, we can help you make your whistleblower claim. We want to strongly point out that you should not fear illegal retaliation by your employer for making such a claim. The law provides protection. In addition, under the False Claims Act, the private individual making the claim may receive up to 30 percent of what the government recovers. Contact one of our Michigan qui tam attorneys today.

Medicare Fraud

Under the False Claims Act, the government can obtain treble damages from the fraudulent employer. This means three times the amount of damages sustained by the government in addition to fines for each civil penalty. The penalties are high but the misuse of government funds and taxpayer money is no small violation. Millions of dollars can be lost if these fraudulent actions go undetected and unpunished.

The most common type of government fraud is Medicare fraud. Here are some examples of Medicare fraud:

  • Overbilling
  • Upcoding
  • Duplicate billing
  • False billing
  • Unnecessary procedures and tests
  • Kickbacks and referrals

Contact Us About Your Whistleblower Claim

The first step is to reach out for help. At Bredell & Bredell, we are dedicated to strong and effective legal representation to our clients throughout Michigan. Schedule an appointment today to talk to one of our Michigan qui tam lawyers today. You can contact us online or call 866-586-8164.