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NYC Medicaid Fraud Lawyer | Medicaid Fraud Attorney NYC

By Spodek Law Group | February 22, 2017

Medicaid is health insurance program provided by New York State for people who meed certain income and asset thresholds. In Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island law24/7

Letter from Bureau of Fraud Investigation at Human Resource Administration

If you are the recipient of a target letter from an investigator at the Bureau of Fraud Investigators at the Human Resources Administration (“HRA”) for potential fraud this means that you have come on to one of the many Investigators radars for some reason. This could be for any of the following:

  • Your name appears on the deed to real estate either in New York State or outside of New York State
  • Your name appears on the title to a car or multiple cars
  • Your children go to private school
  • Your employer has reported your income that affects your eligibility
  • You have bank accounts, stocks, bonds, 401K or other investment assets that affect your eligibility
  • Another individual has reported you for fraud

If the case has started off at this level, the first letter that you will receive will be from the: Investigation Revenue and Enforcement Administration Bureau of Fraud Investigation either at the old office address: 250 Church Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10013 or from their new office address: 151 West Broadway, 7th Floor New York, NY 10013. The letter will state that Bureau of Fraud Investigation office is conducting an investigation into your eligibility for medicaid and that an interview has been scheduled for you to come down to their offices to discuss this matter. The target letter fails to tell you that if at any point throughout their investigation it is apparent that there is criminal culpability they will likely refer the case out to the local District Attorneys office for prosecution or that if the civil liability is clear they might refer the case out to one of the law firms that represents the city in these matters. Recently, the firm of Leoopld Gross & Somers, P.C. at 16 Court Street has been handling the collection and litigation on the civil side for New York City.

Either way, whatever you say and do – will be held against you in court. Our NY medicaid fraud law firm can help ensure you don’t make any harmful statements. The ideal situation for the HRA investigators is that you come down to the scheduled meeting, disclose all of your finances and provide them with all of the corroborating documentation to prove your ineligibility or worse that you intentionally committed fraud. Now, the investigators have leveraged the situation and they can demand an inordinate amount of money from you and leave you with few viable options.

The initial target letter itself itself will give you a good idea of the type of evidence that they already have against you and the stage of their investigation. Depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case, the requested items will change. The target letter will generally ask for the some of the following documents when you come down for your interview. If you work with us, our NYC medicaid fraud lawyers can help you during the interview.

  • Photo ID, and a copy of the target letter
  • Business bank book for the years under investigation
  • Personal bank book for the years under investigation
  • Drivers license
  • Income tax documentation for the business for the years under investigation
  • Income tax documentation for your personal returns for the years under investigation
  • Last 4 pay-stubs
  • Pension/401K/IRA Statements
  • Utility bills
  • Cell phone bills
  • Business records
  • Dissolution records
  • All mortgage documents/applications for any properties
  • Deed of any properties
  • Letter certifying where your children attend school
  • Marriage certificate/divorce papers
  • Birth certificate for any children
  • Vehicle registration/car payments/insurance

The issue with Medicaid fraud in New York is that often times applicants fail to realize that not only do you need to qualify when you initially applied, but you have an affirmative responsibility to update the appropriate agencies with any changes in your income and/or your assets. Every application you swear under penalty of perjury that your information is truthful and accurate. Often times, people forget that their income has gone up, or that they got married or any other factor that could effect their eligibility.

The Access NY Health Care application requests information for all members of the household. This includes the names and details of parents, step-parents and spouses. In a lot of cases, applicants will put a NYC address when they in fact live in New Jersey, or long island. In some cases, applicants put their NYC business address and they live elsewhere. The Access NY Health Care application also requires that the applicant detail the type of money and the amount received by all members of the household. Medicaid applicants are required to send in proof regarding their income. This is often where applicants get in trouble. Medicaid applicants under report their income, or have an individual state that they are an employee when they in fact own or operate the business. The Access NY Health Care application requires that applicants disclose all earnings from work such as wages, salaries, commissions, tips, overtime and money earned from self-employment. In addition, applicants must include “unearned income” such as social security benefits, disability payments, unemployment payments, interest and dividends, veterans benefits, workers compensation, child support payments/alimony, rental income, pension, annuities and trust income. The Access NY Health Care application requires details as to contributions such as money from relative or friends, roomers or boarders. This broad definition includes any money that was received to help meet living expenses. Lastly the application requires information regarding any temporary (cash) assistance, supplemental security income (SSI) payments, student loans or grants. If an applicants puts down that he or she and/or the household members have no income – then medicaid is going to want to know how you are living and supporting yourself. Are you living with friend or relatives? Did anyone recent quit their jobs? changed jobs? Is anyone a student in a vocational, undergraduate or graduate program? Are there child care expenses? What are your housing expenses? Is there rent, mortgage, and property taxes? Do you pay for water separately? The Access NY Health Care application requires that proof be sent in.

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Often times during the investigation, the bureau of fraud investigations will send out a team to investigate an applicant. The investigators will go out and do surveillance of the applicants house, work and even the school the children attend to. In certain situations, the investigators will interview neighbors, friends and associates in attempt to build their case. Our NYC medicaid fraud lawyers can help prevent the investigators from overstepping and overreaching.

NYC Medicaid Fraud Lawyer

Human Resources Administration and the Department of Social Services provides short term assistance to New Yorkers with social service and economic needs. This includes various benefits: temporary cash assistance, medicaid, family health plus, child care, food stamps, home care for disabled individuals, home care for senior citizens, protective services for adults, domestic violence support, child support enforcement, and assistance for those who have HIV/AIDS. The programs of HRA are designed to assist those who qualify.

The Investigation, Revenue and Enforcement Administration (“IREA”) is the division that is responsible for supporting HRA and making sure that there is public trust in the benefits system. The IREA is divided further into three separate agencies, with three distinct roles:

The Office of Investigation
The Office of Medicaid Provider Fraud and Abuse Investigation
The Office of Revenue and Administration
If it could not get any complicated, each one of these divisions has separate subdivisions.

The Office of Investigation has three subdivisions

1. Bureau of Fraud Investigation (BFI). The BFI is required by law to conduct investigations of individuals and organized groups allegedly attempting or committing to commit fraud against the various social service programs administered by the Human Resources Administration. These investigations can lead to administrative disqualification hearings, civil litigation, and/or referrals for criminal prosecution.

Division of Claims and Collections

The Division of Claims and Collections is a revenue division within the HRA’s Investigation, Revenue and Enforcement division. The Division of Claims and Collections pursues the collection of money and monitors the repayment of money owed by the current and former HRA claimants who received benefits that they are now repaying. This could be cash assistance or medicaid.

The Division of Claims and Collections is located on the 12th Floor of 250 Church Street. They often send out target letters with the case number on the top right side. The letter will stat the following:
It has recently come to our attention that an incorrect payment of Medicaid payments was made on your behalf under the above referenced case number. The claim amount of $_______________ was an incorrect payment due to the employment noted below. This income rendered you ineligible for Medicaid services. Accordingly, the agency must recover the cost of services paid in error.

Next, it will likely list the employer, that dates the claimant was initially employed and how much the claim amount is. The recipient of this type target letter must consider a few things:

  • Is this amount correct?
  • Does this amount include late fees, penalties, interest?
  • Were there period I was eligible, and periods I wasn’t eligible?
  • Does this claim amount cover me, my spouse, my children?
  • What about the time period before this claim? Or after this claim? Does this settlement cover the full time period I recieved benefits?
  • In the event that I pay this amount, what am I admitting to if anything?
  • In the event that I refuse to pay what will the next steps be?
  • How will this affect any professional licenses I have?

The Human Resources Administration (“HRA”) will usually include an Agreement of Voluntary Repayment form (CC-112) and request that you either pay a lump sum or make monthly installment payments. If you are to repay it monthly, they will give you 12 month’s to repay the full amount. In the event that you are over 30 days late with any payments HRA reserves the right to initiate court action.

The target letter fails to mention that assigned HRA Investigator has the authority to work out the details of the monthly payment plan with the claimant. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your particular case you might be able to present mitigating factors which could reduce your liability or cancel any liability.

The Division of Claims and Collections will only accept a personal check, a cashiers check, a certified check or a money order. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Human Resources Administration and mailed to the following address:

New York City Human Resources Administration
Division of Claims and Collections
P.O. Box 414312
Boston, MA 02241-4312

A recipient of a target letter from the Division of Claims and Collections must be careful how they proceed upon receipt of this letter. There is a value to money in hand today, rather then money possibly in the future. Further, it is possible that their investigation was limited to a certain time period and that as their investigation continues further fraud could be recovered. Our NYC medicaid fraud lawyers can help investigate and understand all components of this.

Installment Note Financial Maintenance Form

NYC Medicaid Fraud Lawyer

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Download the 2013 NY Medicaid Income and Assets Levels. Each year the income and resources level are adjusted. Medicaid recipients can own a car, a home, and have personal property to be eligible. The issue with Medicaid fraud on the applicant side is the disclosure. Additionally, not only is the income and resources level for the applicants counted but the income and resources of any legally responsible adults. This is another area where the problem lies. Applicants are often confused as to what “resources” are for medicaid purposes. Under the Medicaid guidelines resources is cash or any assets that can easily be liquidated into cash. Generally this would be bank accounts, life insurance policies, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, promissory notes and real estate.

Family Health Plus Fraud

The NY Medicaid fraud lawyers at Spodek Law Group P.C. not only represent applicants for medicaid in fraud charges, civil and criminal prosecutions but our NYC medicaid fraud attorneys also represent individuals who are charged with defrauding Family Health Plus. Family Health Plus is a public health program for adults are between 19 and 64 years only and income is above the threshold for medicaid. Often, our NYC medicaid fraud lawyers see this as a possible fraud issue.

Child Health Plus Fraud

Children are under 19 years old, residents of NY State . Depending on what the families income and size is will depend on the premium they are required to pay for child health plus. The income is $9, $15, $30, $45, or $60 per child per month.

In addition to applicant fraud for Medicaid, Family Heath Plus and Child Health Plus applicants can commit frauds in other ways as well. Here are some ways our NYC medicaid fraud lawyers have seen in the past.

  • Intentionally lying on your medicaid application regarding your income or assets
  • Intentionally lying on your medicaid applications regarding your spouses income or assets
  • Failure to report any material change in you or your spouses income during the fiscal year
  • Obtaining prescription drugs via a valid medicaid card and then selling the drugs on the black market
  • Loaning your medicaid card to a third party for them to receives medical services
  • Illegally obtaining multiple medicaid cards, and using them for medical services
  • Forging or altering a prescription
  • Acting as runner on behalf of a clinic to obtain new medicaid patients

Provider Health Care Fraud

The NYC medicaid attorneys at Spodek Law Group P.C. also represent providers who are under investigation or being charged with medicaid fraud.

Billing for Services Not Rendered

A medical provider bills medicaid for services, treatment or procedure that was never done. This could be a doctors office billing for blood tests when no blood samples were actually draw. This could be a doctors office billing for x-rays when no x-rays were ever done. Dentists billing for dental fillings yet they were never done. Also, home health care is ripe with double billing. Our New York medicaid fraud lawyers can help with all of these types of fraud.

Double Billing

Double billing occurs when a provider bills medicaid for services rendered, but also bills the patient directly and/or a third party insurance company for the same services. This also occurs when (2) providers bill for the same treatment that was performed on a patient on a certain date.

Substitution of Generic Drugs

A patient pays a premium for the brand name drug and a pharmacist provides generic drugs instead.

Billing for Unnecessary Services

A medical provider will create fake symptoms and provide a fake diagnosis in order to bill medicaid for unnecessary lab tests.


This is when a medical provider exaggerates the medical service provided. For example, a dentist sees a patient for a 15 minute meeting to see the progress of a root canal but charges for an hourly consultation for pain and discomfort that the patient is suffering. The Dentist has improperly billed for unnecessary charges by upcoding the charge.


A medical provider may conspire with another provider to give a kickback for a referral. The kickback can be in the form of money, gift, products or a cross referral. Our NYC medicaid fraud lawyers have experience handling kickback cases.


This is when a medical provider breaks one medical event into separate components. This is done so that the medical provider can bill for unnecessary services. Our NY medicaid fraud law firm knows how to handle these cases.

Identify Theft

This is when third parties sell their medicaid billing number to medical providers in order for them to bill for services that were not rendered. Our NYC medicaid fraud attorneys understand how to handle these cases.

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

The MFCU is a division of the Attorney Generals Criminal Division that investigates and prosecutes New York State medicaid fraud cases. The MFCU focuses their investigations on medicaid frauds by hospitals, pharmacies, doctors, nurses, dentists and nursing home. Another target of the MFCU is organized crime medical mills.

Civil Lawsuit for Medicaid Fraud – Our NYC Medicaid Fraud Lawyers Can Help

In the event that you receive a target letter from Human Resources Administration and you either object or disregard the letter and there is no evidence of criminal culpability then you may be sued civilly. New York City hires various law firms in New York to bring civil suits to recover payment. Generally these are collection lawyers. Generally recipients will receive a boilerplate letter stating the following:

We are the attorneys for The City of New York. According to our clients records you received Medicaid Assistance to which you are not entitled. Therefore you are indebted to our client in the amount set forth above.

If you believe that you have a legal defense with respect to the debt or any portion thereof kindly contact the undersigned at once. Unless you notify this office within 30 days after receiving this notice that you dispute the debt or any portion thereof, we will assume the debt to be valid. If you notify us in writing within 30 days that the debt or any portion of the debt is disputed we will obtain verification of the debt or a copy of the Judgement and mail it to you.

In the event that you don’t move to validate the debt and you don’t answer the letter and surrender yourself to their demands you will likely be the subject of a civil lawsuit. You will be served with a Summons and a Verified Complaint.

Our NYC medicaid fraud lawyers are always available to help answer any questions you may have. Based out of New York, our medicaid fraud attorneys understand how to win tough cases.

Uncovering the Complexities of Medicaid Fraud in New York

Medicaid is a health insurance program provided by New York State for people who meet certain income and asset thresholds. However, fraudulent cases occur, and the Bureau of Fraud Investigators at the Human Resources Administration (“HRA”) consistently investigates potential fraudulent cases. Fraudulent activities can include misreporting income and assets, lying on Medicaid applications, double billing, or upcoding. The consequences can lead to civil litigation or criminal prosecution. It’s important to seek legal representation from experienced NYC Medicaid fraud lawyers, like those at Spodek Law Group P.C., to help you navigate the complexities of the Medicaid system and ensure your rights are protected.

Understanding the Investigation Process

When a potential fraud case is flagged by the Human Resources Administration, the first sign of trouble is the receipt of a target letter. The target letter indicates that an investigation is underway into your eligibility for Medicaid and requests an interview. However, this letter fails to mention that if criminal culpability or civil liability is apparent at any point during the investigation, the case may be referred to the local District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

Don’t face the investigators alone. You need legal representation to make sure you don’t make any harmful statements or unintentionally incriminate yourself.

Protect Your Interests with Knowledgeable NYC Medicaid Fraud Attorneys

Navigating the complex world of Medicaid fraud can feel daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone. The experienced NYC Medicaid fraud lawyers at Spodek Law Group P.C. will guide you through the process, ensuring you have the best possible advice and representation. They have extensive experience representing clients in cases of applicant fraud, provider health care fraud, and even fraud related to Family Health Plus and Child Health Plus programs. No matter the situation, their team of skilled attorneys will help you fight for your rights and mitigate any potential consequences.

Understanding the Consequences of Medicaid Fraud

If you are found guilty of Medicaid fraud, the consequences can be severe, impacting both your personal and professional life. You may face financial liability, damage to your reputation, and even criminal prosecution. It’s crucial to have an experienced legal team on your side, fighting to protect your rights and minimize the potential fallout.

As trusted NYC Medicaid fraud attorneys, Spodek Law Group P.C. focuses on providing clients with the assistance they need in these difficult situations. With 24/7 help available, their lawyers work diligently to provide the best possible outcome for your case. From the moment you receive a target letter to civil lawsuits or criminal charges, Spodek Law Group P.C. will be there to advocate for you every step of the way.

Contact Spodek Law Group P.C. Today for a Trusted Legal Advocate

Don’t face the challenges of Medicaid fraud alone. Contact the NYC Medicaid fraud lawyers at Spodek Law Group P.C. for assistance and guidance throughout the entire process. With their extensive experience and commitment to providing aggressive representation, Spodek Law Group P.C. is the name you can trust to help you navigate the complexities of the Medicaid system. Reach out today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards protecting your rights and achieving the best possible outcome for your case.

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