If you are a business owner, accounting fraud may not be something you think about every day. The company is doing well and you feel you have trustworthy employees, so there is nothing to worry about. However, even companies with just a handful of employees can fall prey to an unscrupulous thief whom you would never suspect of wrongdoing.
Most pharmacists are upstanding people, devoted to their work. Customers feel at home with them and rely on their advice concerning all sorts of medical issues from bug bites to flu symptoms. However, some have been cited for questionable practices, especially those involving the dispensing of painkillers.
The federal government does not look kindly on Medicare fraud. Not only do false claims adversely affect the public, but this kind of cheating is also extremely expensive, involving hundreds of millions of dollars in false billings. In short, it is illegal to defraud the government and its healthcare programs, and imprisonment is a possible penalty. Defendants might include physicians, pharmacists, home healthcare providers and others in the medical field. Fines can escalate to many thousands of dollars, and even if those convicted do not have to serve time, they can expect to lose their licenses.