The “interview” is actually an interrogation. You will be placed in a small, windowless conference room with two investigators. The investigators will make copies of any documents you bring. Then one of the investigators will question you, while the other one takes notes.
By the time you receive the letter, the HRA fraud investigators have already completed most of their investigation. They know where you live, who lives with you, and whether you own or rent your home. They know where you work, how much you earn, and how much money you have in the bank. They know whether you own a car and, if so, how much you pay for it. They may even have photographs of you, your home, your family, and anyone else who lives with you.
If you agree to be “interviewed,” the HRA fraud investigators will use anything you say to build a case against you.
You must respond to the letter, but you do not have to face the HRA fraud investigators alone. In fact, you may not have to meet with them at all.
An experienced Medicaid lawyer can contact the investigators for you. Your lawyer can find out why you are the target of a Medicaid fraud investigation before you provide any information or documents. Once your lawyer understands what the issues are, he can work with you to build your defense.
In many cases, an experienced Medicaid lawyer can resolve the investigation without any criminal charges or civil lawsuits.
Your chances of a favorable outcome increase dramatically if you get the Medicaid lawyer involved early in the process, before you meet with the HRA fraud investigators or turn over any documents.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Medicaid lawyer, call John Howley, Esq. at (212) 601-2728.