The Ultimate Dilemma: Should You Turn Yourself in for Health Care Fraud?
When you think of the most frequently committed crimes, health care fraud may not immediately come to mind. Yet the nation spends almost three trillion dollars on health care every year. As it turns out, health care related crimes account for more than 80 billion dollars of that enormous expenditure. It’s no wonder that lawmakers and insurance company executives are constantly on the guard against health care fraud.
The FBI is the lead investigative agency when it comes to health care crimes. The agency has jurisdiction over both private and public health care fraud and abuse cases. The agency works with federal, state, local officials and other groups to curb the rising incidence of health care fraud.
Health Care Crimes
If you or a loved one has received a call to advise you that you’re on the verge of being arrested for a health care fraud violation, there are a number of things that you should know before turning yourself in. The first thing you should do is call the relevant law enforcement agency to gain a full understanding of the process and ask any questions that may come to mind. Here are a few tips to make the process a little more bearable:
- Try to turn yourself in on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Mondays are bad because law enforcement officials are busy dealing with arrests that were made over the weekend. There’s a good chance you’ll have to spend the weekend in jail if you turn yourself in on a Friday. It may not be possible to appear in court until Monday.
- Turn yourself in as early in the day as possible. This is one very good reason for speaking with a local law enforcement official before taking action. A well thought out plan will limit your time in jail and allow you to get back to your life and legal defense.
Regardless of when you turn yourself in, you won’t be released until bond is set by the court. An attorney isn’t necessary for this stage of the process. The presiding judge or magistrate has sole authority in the matter of setting the amount of a bond. In the event that the amount of a bond is scheduled to be set at a bond hearing, it is entirely reasonable to have a defense lawyer present during the hearing. The lawyer must have been retained prior to being taken into custody.
It’s important to remember that anything you say to law enforcement officials can be used by the prosecution to obtain a conviction. It’s always wise for a criminal defendant to exercise their constitutional right to remain silent. You have the right to consult legal counsel before providing any information to officials or investigators.