The nursing home owner allegedly used the information to stay one step ahead of regulators. He was able to fix violations before inspectors arrived at his facilities and thereby keep his nursing home licenses from being revoked or suspended. The owner is facing separate federal criminal charges for overbilling Medicare and Medicaid for approximately $1 billion between 2009 and 2016.

The accusations in this case are very serious. If convicted, the defendant faces years of incarceration, a large fine, and payment of restitution. Anyone facing similar charges could benefit from asking an experienced criminal defense attorney to review the evidence and law that will determine the outcome of the case. The possibility of obtaining a favorable plea bargain or an outright acquittal may be possible depending on the circumstances. In either case, an accused individual may want to have a competent legal ally on his or her side.

Source: WTOP, “Florida health care admin charged in $1B Medicare fraud case,” July 29, 2017