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What constitutes health care fraud?

If you work in the medical field, you are probably familiar with the term “health care fraud,” but you may be less familiar with what it means exactly and what type of actions constitute this type of crime. Generally speaking, health care fraud is an umbrella term used to describe a health care provider’s efforts to deceive or misrepresent insurers or government entities for financial gain.

Understanding the elements of wire fraud

The online marketplace now makes it possible for companies and private citizens in New York to transact business involving untold amounts of money directly from their homes. With that freedom also comes increased exposure to people who may be looking to perpetrate fraud. According to the federal statute defining “wire fraud” (as shared by the Legal Information Institute), any communications sent by wire, radio or television with the purposes of defrauding a person or party are deemed illegal. Recent years seen internet communications included in the definition of wired communications.

Important facts about mail fraud

Because the United States Postal Service is a federal organization, conducting mail fraud in New York or elsewhere in the country is a federal crime. If you are convicted, it may lead to extremely serious consequences. However, five conditions have to be met before an act is considered mail fraud, according to the Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute.

What you need to know about Ponzi schemes

Ponzi schemes are some of the most intriguing forms of fraud in the industry. While most victims in New York do not realize they are losing money, there are also many involved in the scheme who do not know they are participating in a crime. The laws and rules can be confusing, so it is important to understand the basics. At the Sapone and Petrillo law firm, we want to help those who have been wrongly accused or mistakenly involved in a Ponzi scheme. Here is everything you need to know about this type of fraud.

Tax fraud vs. tax negligence: What's the difference?

In our last post, we talked about tax fraud and how the legal consequences associated with such a crime often are only part of the total punishment. On a personal level, someone charged or convicted of tax fraud can suffer immensely. On a professional level, an individual's credibility can forever be tarnished. Tax fraud is an incredibly serious offense, and anyone accused of this crime needs to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to defend their case and uphold their rights.

Tax evasion may seem harmless but has steep consequences

Doing taxes is not fun for most New Yorkers and it’s even less so when money is due to the government. As tempting as it may be to lie or omit certain information in order to pay less in taxes, getting caught doing so can result in severe penalties.

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