Insurance Fraud–What degree crime is it?

In Florida, the criminal statute on Insurance Fraud can be found at 817.234.

The seriousness of the charge depends on how much money is alleged to have been involved.  According to the insurance fraud statute, if the money or property involed:

Is less than $20,000, the offender commits a felony of the third degree.

Is $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000, the offender commits a felony of the second degree.

Is $100,000 or more, the offender commits a felony of the first degree.

These charges are often filed when a person or group of persons document or are reimbursed for services not rendered.  This charge frequently is used in the healthcare context, where it can also be used as a basis to prosecute upcoding.  If a physician or medical practitioner is adjudicated guilty of this crime, he or she may also have to go before the appropriate Medical Board for licensing/sanction issues in addition to any punishment imposed by the court.

(Disclaimer: This blog does not consitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.  If you have been charged with insurance fraud or organized fraud in Bartow or the central Florida area, please consult a qualified defense attorney.)

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