Federal Anti-Kickback Laws

June 3, 2014

There are federal laws that prohibit kickbacks in the healthcare industry. Generally, these laws prohibit healthcare providers from profiting from referrals they make for federal Medicare-related services. These laws carry serious penalties, and if you have been accused of such a crime, you will want to work with a New Jersey federal criminal defense lawyer.

Anti-Kickback Statute

The federal anti-kickback statute prohibits healthcare providers from receiving compensation when they make a referral for Medicare services. The laws prohibits referrals for money along with receiving payments to order, purchase or lease goods or services paid for by Medicare. Someone convicted under the Anti-Kickback statute faces felony charges. The penalties can include up to a five-year prison sentence, or even more. In addition, the individual may be prohibited from participating in federal healthcare programs in the future. Individuals who may be convicted under the anti-kickback statute can include both the party receiving the kickback as well as the party offering it.

Contact a New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of violating the federal Anti-Kickback law, you will want to contact an experienced attorney.  This law is very complex, and your attorney can help review the facts of the case to come up with your best options and defense. To learn more about your case, contact federal criminal defense attorney Tim Anderson at 732-212-2812.


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