Insurance fraud is one of the most common types of white–collar crime in Mississippi and across the U.S. Because there are so many kinds of insurance, the opportunities for fraud are seemingly limitless. Such crimes cost insurers billions of dollars and result in higher premiums for the average person. This is one reason why the federal government imposes such harsh penalties on those convicted of committing insurance fraud.
One woman in another state may have concerns about these serious penalties as she faces multiple charges related to health care billings for the physical therapy clinic where she worked. The 45-year-old physical therapist, along with the clinic owner and two physical therapy assistants, allegedly conspired to commit fraud by billing an insurance company for treatments on patients that they never administered. Additionally, some services they provided and charged for were apparently not medically necessary.
Investigators believe that the fraudulent billing went on for nearly two years. Additionally, the group faces accusations of accepting kickbacks from attorneys to whom they referred patients for help with their insurance claims. The physical therapist faces conspiracy charges and nine counts of fraud.
If convicted, she may receive as many as 20 years in federal prison and pay up to $250,000 per count. Undoubtedly, the court will revoke her license to practice physical therapy. In fact, many who face charges of insurance fraud or other white–collar crimes find it difficult to regain their footing and get their lives back on track after a conviction.