Bronx Medicaid & Welfare Fraud Defense Attorney
Defending New Yorkers Accused of Criminal Welfare or Medicaid Fraud
Medicaid and welfare fraud are serious matters, and if you are under any suspicion whatsoever, you need to proceed extremely carefully — but also urgently. Time is of the essence, and you could be facing very serious punishment.
In some states, people suspected of Medicaid or welfare fraud might face a civil lawsuit or penalty and little else. New York, though, has a reputation for aggressively prosecuting these cases in the criminal system, and the penalties can be steep.
Often, the people accused of committing fraud are decent, well-meaning people who have basically made a clerical error. After all, these are systems designed to help New Yorkers down on their luck, but the paperwork and reporting requirements can be so confusing and complex that you need a law degree to really understand them.
That isn’t fair, and it certainly shouldn’t result in a criminal proceeding that can ruin an otherwise innocent person’s life.
Attorney Jason A. Steinberger has spent many years working both sides of these cases. He is a former New York State criminal prosecutor who has seen first hand how The Bronx prosecutor’s office relentlessly targets fraud suspects.
Today, as an aggressive Bronx Medicaid & welfare fraud defense attorney, he helps New Yorkers just like you in order to minimize the potential penalties, maximize your chances of dropping any criminal charges, and bring these terrible investigations to an end so that you can save your reputation and your peace of mind.
At The Law Offices of Jason A. Steinberger, LLC, we offer compassionate, strategic, and judgment-free legal representation and advice. You can count on us to fight for your rights and take a stand against powerful bureaucracy.
How (and Why) Medicaid and Welfare Fraud Investigations Happen
Most of these cases are triggered by automatic red flags that pop up in the government’s computer databases. If some of your income or claims-related data doesn’t seem to match up, the government will likely launch an investigation into the possibility of fraud.
Even if you’re innocent, the investigation can take an enormous toll on your peace of mind and quality of life. The mere insinuation of fraud is a serious stain on your reputation that could follow you for a long time to come.
Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in the number of false and misguided fraud accusations in recent years. As the economy grew weaker, the number of people relying on these services went up. To deal with the increased strain on its resources, the government has doubled down in its efforts to eliminate fraud. But in that effort, they’ve targeted far too many people who never had the intent to defraud anyone.
Intention Is Key
It isn’t enough for the government to prove that there was a false statement or inaccuracy in your filings. It must also prove that you intended to commit fraud. That’s a difficult thing to prove, so suspects have a certain advantage in that regard.
You must realize, though, that the system is in many ways stacked against you. The government has endless resources and a tremendous amount of power. Innocent people can end up in jail when they try to handle these cases on their own, or when they trust an attorney who doesn’t have the time or the experience to adequately defend them.
As a Bronx Medicaid and welfare fraud defense lawyer, Jason A. Steinberger is prepared to fight aggressively to defeat these charges and protect your freedom.
Be Careful About What You Say
No one from the government is on your side. If an investigator is asking you questions or requesting that you submit records or statements, you should assume that they already believe you to be guilty of fraud, and they are trying to gather evidence that will put you in prison.
The investigators may seem nice and friendly, but the information you provide them will be used against you. These situations escalate quickly, and unsuspecting people are often overwhelmed by the incredibly serious charges that are suddenly brought against them.
In all likelihood, the investigator has already gathered a lot of information about you and may have already contacted people you know, including your employers. Nothing you say to an investigator or law enforcement officer can help you.
You do not have to talk to an investigator, nor should you. Hire an attorney and tell the investigator to call your lawyer instead.
Once you tell them that you are retaining a lawyer, the investigators will stop contacting you. They must proceed by talking with your attorney.
Call a Bronx Medicaid and Welfare Fraud Defense Attorney Now
Once you hire an experienced Bronx fraud defense attorney in our office, we may very well be able to minimize the penalties you’re facing and, in some cases, we are even able to convince the prosecutors to drop the charges altogether.
The sooner we get involved in the process, the better. Even if you are under investigation but have not been charged with a crime, we can help. Please contact us as soon as possible.
The stakes here are very high. Call us right away.