A Milwaukee, Wisconsin, man was charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of forgery, one count theft and charges for several other federal crimes after the man was accused of impersonating a funeral director. According to the report, the man allegedly attempted to defraud the Wisconsin Medicaid program by falsely claiming funeral expenses.
The man allegedly forged false documents and submitted false claims to receive payments for funerary services that were not given under the Wisconsin Funeral and Cemetery Aids Program. According to the complaint, the man submitted a claim for payment that contained a forged signature and that was grossly inflated. When an investigation into the claim was conducted, it was discovered that the application had not been signed by the deceased person's next-of-kin.
For the alleged false claim, the man was paid a little over $2,000. In addition, the complaint further alleges that the man was operating his business without a licensed funeral director, which is required by state law.
Wisconsin takes accusations of fraud and other white collar crimes very seriously. Those who are accused of these crimes may face severe punishment, including a mandatory jail sentence and heavy fines. However, an experienced Wisconsin attorney may be able to provide the person with legal advice that may either help them challenge the charges or reduce the charges and punishments.
If charges of fraud are prosecuted under federal law, the punishments that the individual faces may be more severe than state-level charges. However, the attorney may be able to use any inconsistencies in the case or any evidence that protocols were not followed in order to challenge the charges against the individual. Otherwise, the attorney may be able to negotiate lighter sentences by having their client pay restitution or perform community service.
Source: Fox 6, "Milwaukee man accused of impersonating funeral director", Cary Docter, August 16, 2013