Criminal Defense Lawyers for Department of Labor Fraud
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is tasked with enforcing federal wage and hour, occupational safety, and unemployment insurance benefits laws and regulations throughout the country. Employers and health care providers subject to the DOL’s oversight must maintain strict adherence to applicable federal standards. Those who do not often face swift and aggressive enforcement action by the DOL’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), and frequently find themselves facing serious federal criminal charges.
At the Oberheiden, P.C., we provide experienced and committed legal representation for companies accused of fraud under federal worker’s compensation and other DOL programs. As former federal prosecutors and government officials, we know what is important to the government, and we know how to tactfully defend our clients against serious federal charges. To protect yourself, you need to act fast, and we encourage you to contact one of our attorneys today for a free, confidential consultation.
The DOL is Focusing on Health Care-Related Frauds
The Department of Labor OIG’s website provides a list of its key areas for enforcement against employers, health care and medical services companies, and other entities that receive compensation and reimbursements through the DOL. These key areas include:
- Health care providers (such as doctors, clinics, pharmacists, and physical therapists) that fraudulently bill the DOL for services
- Fraudulent schemes involving medical promotions and unauthorized payments
- Kickbacks and bribes paid to employers, health care providers, and claimant-employees
Similar enforcement efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services OIG focus on Medicare fraud under similar circumstances as well.
For companies without legal representation, OIG investigations often lead to federal criminal charges that can carry the potential for exorbitant fines and years of incarceration. At Oberheiden, P.C., our lawyers have decades of experience representing clients against federal fraud and kickback claims nationwide. If your company is under investigation or facing charges, we will fight to protect your business, reputation, and freedom. You have a lot to lose, and you need to take your situation extremely seriously.
Frauds Targeted by the Department of Labor
Along with the federal Department of Labor, counterpart agencies at the state level vigorously pursue fraudulent worker’s compensation and benefits-related claims as well. In recent years, the types of fraudulent schemes these agencies have targeted include:
- Billing the DOL for one-on-one physical therapy when in reality patients were playing video games, sitting in massage chairs, using treadmills, and watching television
- Filing fraudulent workers compensation claims
- Grossly overbilling for the cost of physical therapy machines used to treat injured workers
- Paying kickbacks to doctors who prescribed a pain-relief cream to injured workers
- Underreporting payroll or paying employees in cash in order to pay reduced workers compensation insurance premiums
In many cases, the individuals behind the companies involved in these fraudulent schemes have been sentenced to several years behind bars and forced to pay hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in penalties and fines.
What to Do if You are Facing Criminal Charges
If you are being investigated by the DOL or facing federal criminal charges, there are several important things you need to do right away. One of the first, and most important, is to keep your mouth shut. While police and federal agents will offer “deals” or promise to “help you” if you cooperate, remember, they get paid to put people in jail. More likely than not, whatever they have to offer will help them far more than it helps you. To protect yourself and preserve your legal rights, you should remain silent and let your attorney speak on your behalf.
In fact, in general, you should avoid discussing your case with anyone other than your defense lawyer. Even if the government isn’t monitoring your communications, anything you say in a voicemail, email, or text message may be used against you in court. If you contact us, we can help you avoid saying or doing anything that could compromise your defense.
Read more about what to do if you have been arrested for DOL fraud.
Contact Oberheiden, P.C. about Your DOL Fraud Case Today
Allegations of submitting false claims to the government or accepting or receiving kickbacks can lead to long-term and potentially life-changing consequences if you do not act quickly to protect yourself. At Oberheiden, P.C., we have a long record of successfully defending clients against federal fraud charges. Calling us can change your life.
Schedule your free case evaluation to get started today.