Crimes involving insurance fraud are on the rise which means prosecutions for these offenses are rising as well. Insurance companies have recently seen an increase in fraudulent claims partly due to the sluggish economy. While many claims are truly illegitimate, insurance companies may also accuse claimants of fraud in order to protect their interests. This can result in innocent people being charged for a crime when they are only seeking to recover their losses after a tragedy.
Texas Insurance Fraud Laws
Insurance fraud is defined by the Texas Penal Code in Section 35.02. It occurs when a person makes a false or misleading statement in order to deceive an insurance company into paying out a claim. Those who receive benefits for providing health care goods and services can also be liable under this code. Other types of insurance fraud include:
- Health insurance fraud
- Property insurance fraud
- Worker’s compensation insurance fraud
- Automobile insurance fraud
- Life insurance fraud
- Unemployment insurance fraud
Houston health care fraud attorney James Alston is experienced at working with medical professionals, billing experts and accountants while defending health care providers who may be accused of fraud. In many instances the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) Codes or HCPCS (Health care Common Procedure Coding System) offer unclear instructions for classifying procedures or the purchase of medical supplies.
Contact Houston Criminal Attorney James Alston
If you have been charged with or are currently under investigation for a Houston health care fraud violation, contact the Law Office of James Alston immediately. Our staff will treat you with courtesy and the professional respect that you have earned while vigorously working to defend your rights and reputation.