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Medicaid Fraud

New Jersey Medicaid Fraud Attorneys

The New Jersey Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor has taken a tough stance on Medicaid Fraud. Doctors, Chiropractors, Dentists, Pharmacists and Small Business Owners are facing serious penalties for the crime of Medicaid Fraud in New Jersey. The penalties for a conviction of this crime include a felony conviction, jail or prison time, a bar from participating in any federal or state-funded health insurance program, loss of reputation and business and possible revocation of medical license.

Although the stakes are high, there are an alarming number of defendants that are quickly entering into a plea bargain with the State. This fact is deeply concerning because the difference between a billing error and criminal intent may not be readily apparent. Our team of tough, smart attorneys will fight hard for you. We are not afraid to challenge the State’s proofs at trial and crush the charges against you.

Call us today for the best service. From Newark to Trenton, our fraud defense attorneys will represent you in any court in New Jersey.

At the law firm of Jack Venturi Law, our New Jersey Fraud Defense Attorneys will vigorously defend you against charges of:

  • Health Care Claims Fraud
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Wire Fraud

With an office in New Brunswick, it is easy to meet with one of our criminal defense attorneys from anywhere in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Medicaid Fraud statute is N.J.S.A. 30:4D-17. The most recent version, effective March 13, 2008 is listed below:

(a) Any person who willfully obtains benefits under this act to which he is not entitled or in a greater amount than that to which he is entitled and any provider who willfully receives medical assistance payments to which he is not entitled or in a greater amount than that to which he is entitled is guilty of a high misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $ 10,000.00 or to imprisonment for not more than 3 years or both.

(b) Any provider, or any person, firm, partnership, corporation or entity, who:

(1) Knowingly and willfully makes or causes to be made any false statement or representation of a material fact in any cost study, claim form, or any document necessary to apply for or receive any benefit or payment under this act; or

(2) At any time knowingly and willfully makes or causes to be made any false statement, written or oral, of a material fact for use in determining rights to such benefit or payment under this act; or

(3) Conceals or fails to disclose the occurrence of an event which

(i) affects his initial or continued right to any such benefit or payment, or

(ii) affects the initial or continued right to any such benefit or payment of any provider or any person, firm, partnership, corporation or other entity in whose behalf he has applied for or is receiving such benefit or payment

with an intent to fraudulently secure benefits or payments not authorized under this act or in greater amount than that which is authorized under this act; or

(4) Knowingly and willfully converts benefits or payments or any part thereof received for the use and benefit of any provider or any person, firm, partnership, corporation or other entity to a use other than the use and benefit of such provider or such person, firm, partnership, corporation or entity; is guilty of a high misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $ 10,000.00 for the first and each subsequent offense or to imprisonment for not more than three years or both.

(c) Any provider, or any person, firm, partnership, corporation or entity who solicits, offers, or receives any kickback, rebate or bribe in connection with:

(1) The furnishing of items or services for which payment is or may be made in whole or in part under this act; or

(2) The furnishing of items or services whose cost is or may be reported in whole or in part in order to obtain benefits or payments under this act; or

(3) The receipt of any benefit or payment under this act, is guilty of a high misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $ 10,000.00 or to imprisonment for not more than 3 years or both.

This subsection shall not apply to (A) a discount or other reduction in price under this act if the reduction in price is properly disclosed and appropriately reflected in the costs claimed or charges made under this act; and (B) any amount paid by an employer to an employee who has a bona fide employment relationship with such employer for employment in the provision of covered items or services.

(d) Whoever knowingly and willfully makes or causes to be made or induces or seeks to induce the making of any false statement or representation of a material fact with respect to the conditions or operations of any institution or facility in order that such institution or facility may qualify either upon initial certification or recertification as a hospital, skilled nursing facility, intermediate care facility, or health agency, thereby entitling them to receive payments under this act, shall be guilty of a high misdemeanor and shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $ 3,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 1 year or both.

(e) Any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or other legal entity who violates the provisions of any of the foregoing subsections of this section or any provisions of section 3 of P.L.2007, c.265 (C.2A:32C-3), shall, in addition to any other penalties provided by law, be liable to civil penalties of (1) payment of interest on the amount of the excess benefits or payments at the maximum legal rate in effect on the date the payment was made to said person, firm, corporation, partnership or other legal entity for the period from the date upon which payment was made to the date upon which repayment is made to the State, (2) payment of an amount not to exceed three-fold the amount of such excess benefits or payments, and (3) payment in the sum of not less than and not more than the civil penalty allowed under the federal False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. ยง 3729 et seq.), as it may be adjusted for inflation pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, Pub.L.101-410 for each excessive claim for assistance, benefits or payments.

(f) Any person, firm, corporation, partnership or other legal entity, other than an individual recipient of medical services reimbursable by the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, who, without intent to violate this act, obtains medical assistance or other benefits or payments under this act in excess of the amount to which he is entitled, shall be liable to a civil penalty of payment of interest on the amount of the excess benefits or payments at the maximum legal rate in effect on the date the benefit or payment was made to said person, firm, corporation, partnership, or other legal entity for the period from September 15, 1976 or the date upon which payment was made, whichever is later, to the date upon which repayment is made to the State, provided, however, that no such person, firm, corporation, partnership or other legal entity shall be liable to such civil penalty when excess medical assistance or other benefits or payments under this act are obtained by such person, firm, corporation, partnership or other legal entity as a result of error made by the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, as determined by said division; provided, further, that if preliminary notification of an overpayment is not given to a provider by the division within 180 days after completion of the field audit as defined by regulation, no interest shall accrue during the period beginning 180 days after completion of the field audit and ending on the date preliminary notification is given to the provider.

(g) All interest and civil penalties provided for in this act and all medical assistance and other benefits to which a person, firm, corporation, partnership, or other legal entity was not entitled shall be recovered in an administrative proceeding held pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), except that recovery actions against minors or incompetents shall be initiated in a court of competent jurisdiction.

(h) Upon the failure of any person, firm, corporation, partnership or other legal entity to comply within 10 days after service of any order of the director or his designee directing payment of any amount found to be due pursuant to subsection (g) of this section, or at any time prior to any final agency adjudication not involving a recipient or former recipient of benefits under this act, the director may issue a certificate to the clerk of the Superior Court that such person, firm, corporation, partnership or other legal entity is indebted to the State for the payment of such amount. A copy of such certificate shall be served upon the person, firm, corporation, partnership or other legal entity against whom the order was entered. Thereupon the clerk shall immediately enter upon his record of docketed judgments the name of the person, firm, corporation, partnership or other legal entity so indebted, and of the State, a designation of the statute under which such amount is found to be due, the amount due, and the date of the certification. Such entry shall have the same force and effect as the entry of a docketed judgment in the Superior Court. Such entry, however, shall be without prejudice to the right of appeal to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court from the final order of the director or his designee.

(i) In order to satisfy any recovery claim asserted against a provider under this section, whether or not that claim has been the subject of final agency adjudication, the division or its fiscal agents is authorized to withhold funds otherwise payable under this act to the provider.

(j) The Attorney General may, when requested by the commissioner or his agent, apply ex parte to the Superior Court to compel any party to comply forthwith with a subpoena issued under this act. Any party who, having been served with a subpoena issued pursuant to the provisions of this act, fails either to attend any hearing, or to appear or be examined, to answer any question or to produce any books, records, accounts, papers or documents, shall be liable to a penalty of $ 500.00 for each such failure, to be recovered in the name of the State in a summary civil proceeding to be initiated in the Superior Court. The Attorney General shall prosecute the actions for the recovery of the penalty prescribed in this section when requested to do so by the commissioner or his agent and when, in the judgment of the Attorney General, the facts and law warrant such prosecution. Such failure on the part of the party shall be punishable as contempt of court by the court in the same manner as like failure is punishable in an action pending in the court when the matter is brought before the court by motion filed by the Attorney General and supported by affidavit stating the circumstances.