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What Can You Expect during a DEA Audit?

As a health care provider who prescribes or dispenses medications to patients, your practice is subject to oversight by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In addition to maintaining your DEA registration, you must ensure ongoing compliance with the Controlled Substances...Read More

What Are the Different Actions That Constitute Tax Fraud?

As a resident of the United States, a US citizen living abroad, or the owner of a business or health care practice located in the US, you owe annual obligations to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you fail to...Read More

What Is Conspiracy to Use Identification Information (18 U.S.C. 1028(a)(7); 18 U.S.C. 371)?

Under federal law, it is illegal to possess, use, or sell another person’s identification documents for an unlawful purpose. This prohibition exists under 18 U.S.C. 1028(a)(7), a provision of one of the primary federal identity theft statutes. Like most other...Read More

What Is Conspiracy to Unlawfully Use Health Information (42 U.S.C. 1320d-6; 18 U.S.C. 371)?

As a health care provider in the United States, you are subject to an inordinate volume of laws and regulations. From who you serve to how you bill and from how you keep records to how you structure relationships with...Read More

What Is Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1348; 18 U.S.C. 371)?

Although highly-publicized securities fraud cases have waned in recent years, identifying and putting a stop to fraudulent practices by company executives, hedge fund managers, stock brokers, and other professionals remains a top federal law enforcement priority. With the adoption of...Read More

What Is Conspiracy to Commit Bribery (18 U.S.C. 201; 18 U.S.C. 371)?

Bribery is a serious federal offense. Individuals charged with bribing public officials can face up to 15 years of federal imprisonment in addition to substantial fines and disqualification from holding public office. However, the federal bribery statute is also extremely...Read More

18 USC 1341: The U.S. Mail Fraud Statute in Health Care Fraud Cases

What Medical Providers and Business Owners Need to Know About Federal Mail Fraud How many types of fraud can you think of? There’s bank fraud, insurance fraud, consumer fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, payroll fraud… and the list goes on....Read More

18 USC 1343: Federal Wire Fraud as a Health Care Crime

How Wire Fraud Becomes a Medical Crime “Wire fraud” is one of those ambiguous terms that people hear a lot but might have only a vague sense of what it means. After all, in the 21st century, we don’t tend...Read More

Can the DEA Perform a Search without a Warrant?

The Difference between DEA Search Warrants, Administrative Search Warrants, and Informed Consent The freedom from unwarranted searches and seizures is at the bedrock of American liberty, enshrined in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America....Read More

Can DEA Agents Make Arrests in Health Care Fraud Investigations?

Doctors and Pharmacists Need to Understand the DEA, Its Role, and Its Power The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, is an agency with many roles, from international intelligence to inner-city crime prevention and even health care enforcement. In fact,...Read More