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PENAL CODE Section 550 (Insurance Fraud)

California Penal Code Section 550 criminalizes conduct that may constitute insurance fraud.  This section is exploited by insurance companies to target doctors and lawyers who represent injured workers.  It is also used as a threat to force settlement of insurance claims for pennies on the dollar.  It is one of the most abused Penal Code sections and many innocent doctors, lawyers and insured people are caught in this web.

There are so many ways to be caught in a PC 550 prosecution.  Here are just some of the acts that are prohibited:

1. Presenting a false or fraudulent claim for payment for a loss or injury.
2. Presenting a fraudulent claim for vehicle theft or damage.
3. Presenting a fraudulent claim for loss due to theft of, destruction or damage to property.
4. Signing a document with the intent to support a false or fraudulent claim.
5. Submitting a claim for healthcare benefit not used.
6. Overcharging for medical services rendered.
7. Billing for medical equipment not actually supplied.
8. Overstating damage suffered in a car accident (to the car)
9.Overstating the injuries suffered in an accident.
10. Overstating the injuries and disabilities in a Workers Compensation claim.

Many of these items are simply a dispute between a doctor, a lawyer or an insured person and the insurance company.  Unfortunately, certain prosecutors take the word of the insurance company and launch criminal actions against people who are in a dispute with the insurer.

We have defended many Penal Code section 550 cases.

Our Blog discusses some of the issues in these cases:

See:   Defenses to 550 Cases

         The Williamson Defense to Penal Code section 550 Cases

Defense of insurance fraud cases is not a do it yourself project.  You need the best lawyer who specializes in criminal defense and criminal fraud defense.  Lawyers in Lafayette is a group of affiliated top criminal defense lawyers including former prosecutors and certified criminal defense specialists (State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization).  Call us if you are facing criminal fraud charges.
 

Located in Contra Costa County, our group of affiliated independent attorneys (Lawyers in Lafayette) defend  Penal Code section 550 cases throughout California.  Recent cases are in Tehama County and Riverside (Orange County).  

Defending criminal cases from Walnut Creek to Los Angeles and nationwide.  Daniel Horowitz is a criminal defense specialist, one of less than 10 in all of Contra Costa County.  His main office is in Lafayette, California.  On criminal cases requiring a high level of expertise and experience he is contacted by clients and lawyers statewide.

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