We are seeing more and more federal criminal prosecutions for alleged medicaid fraud, here in Atlanta, throughout Georgia, and in other cases that take us to other parts of the country. Whenever federal prosecutors bring up these kinds of charges, they almost always issue a press release. The local media lap up these press releases like kittens at a bowl of milk. Because of ethical and constitutional issues, these press releases always include a line to the effect that the indictment, issued along with bells and whistles and a press release, only “contains charges” and the public should remember that the charged persons are “presumed innocent.” Here is a recent example of one such press release.
A lawyer handling the defense of a person accused of defrauding the medicaid system has a lot of work on his or her hands. First, the law is complicated. The facts are usually very complex. The information is almost always voluminous. The practice of medicine, providing mental health services, or selling products or drugs to be used in the medical field are all businesses that generate gigantic amounts of information and data. We are regularly amazed at the volume of material we need to assess when representing our clients in one of these highly sophisticated types of federal criminal cases.