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18 U.S.C. § 1347 defines federal healthcare fraud broadly as a person who knowingly and willfully attempts to perform or actually performs a scheme or artifice to defraud any healthcare benefit program or obtains any money or property owned or controlled by any healthcare benefit program using false or fraudulent pretenses, representation or promises concerning the delivery or payment for healthcare benefits, items or services.  Punishment for a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1347 ranges from a fine to life imprisonment depending on whether the violation caused injury or death to any person.

“The complexity of federal healthcare fraud charges can overwhelm some attorneys—not me!”  Lisa Witt



A charge of federal healthcare fraud is very serious and very technical factually and legally.  Lisa is an intelligent, detail-oriented defense attorney who will thoroughly evaluate your case and determine if one or more of the following potential defense strategies apply:


  • Conduct described is not federal healthcare fraud:  The act described in the indictment may not fit the statutory definition of federal healthcare fraud.


  • No proof of willfulness:  The government may not be able to prove willfulness beyond a reasonable doubt to prove healthcare fraud.


  • No proximate cause of serious bodily injury or death of another person:   The government may not have proximate cause that the healthcare fraud led to the serious bodily injury or death of another person.


  • Incorrect calculation of fraud amount:  The government may have incorrectly calculated the fraud amount.

“Recent U.S. Supreme Court cases can impact your case—I’m on top of them.”

  Lisa Witt

  • The government’s witnesses may be mistaken or lying about what happened.


  • Impossibility of government’s story:  The government’s story may be impossible based on the timeline or other evidence.


  • Missing or tainted evidence:  Sometimes the government’s evidence is missing or tainted. 


  • Federal law enforcement misconduct:  There may be federal law enforcement misconduct in investigating the charge, collecting the evidence, interviewing the victim and witnesses, or obtaining your confession.


  • Suppression of government’s evidence:  The government may have violated your constitutional rights or otherwise acted illegally in obtaining evidence or your confession so the evidence must be suppressed.


  • Insufficiency of government’s evidence:  The government may have insufficient evidence to prove federal healthcare fraud beyond a reasonable doubt.


  • Reduction in number of counts: Each count of your indictment should concern a separate criminal act or victim and not be parts of the same healthcare fraud.


  • Prosecutorial misconduct:  There may be prosecutorial misconduct in disclosing the evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses, and in the general course of your case.


  • Possible other defenses:  Depending on the unique facts of your case, there may be other possible defenses.  Lisa employs logical, bottom line analysis while thinking outside the box so she may come up with a novel defense that no other attorney has thought of before.


If you or a loved one is facing a charge of federal healthcare fraud, it’s very important to hire a thorough, intelligent and passionate defense attorney who will fight for you as soon as possible.  Call LisaLaw, LLC or fill out the on-line form for a free case review.

Lisa Witt is a Mesa/Phoenix, Arizona federal healthcare fraud defense attorney serving clients facing charges in the East Valley, West Valley, Maricopa County, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Queen Creek, Gilbert, Casa Grande, Surprise, Goodyear, Buckeye, Youngtown, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Tolleson.

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