On behalf of DeBorde Law Firm posted in Fraud on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Sometimes, federal charges are brought against a person over allegations of insurance fraud. Recently, an insurance-fraud-related federal case has come up involving a deputy U.S. Marshal from here in Texas.
Authorities claim that the deputy U.S. Marshal, a 37-year-old man, used the tax identification number and signature of a physician, without the physician's permission, to make claims to an insurance company for medical treatment that he never actually received. According to authorities, these claims were made over the course of about a year. Authorities say that the man received payouts in relation to these claims.
Authorities further allege that, when federal agents were investigating the claims, the man lied to the agents.
Recently, the man was indicted and arrested in relation to these allegations. Federal charges of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and making false statements to federal agents have been brought against him. He could receive a prison sentence of up to 50 years if he is convicted on these charges.
The man has also been placed on paid administrative leave by the U.S. Marshals.
When a person is the subject of a federal investigation regarding insurance fraud, having the advice and representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney can be very important through the entire process. This is, in part, due to the fact that what a person says and does when being investigated by federal authorities for insurance fraud can have significant impacts. In some cases, what happens during an investigation can even lead to a person facing charges beyond what they were being investigated for, such as charges of lying to federal authorities. Thus, if a person suspects that federal authorities are investigating them for insurance fraud, they should consider immediately contacting an attorney.
Source: KENS5, "Deputy U.S. Marshal in S.A. arrested on 13-count federal indictment," Andrew Delgado & Mayra Moreno, March 6, 2014