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October 2011 , Page 61 

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Book Reviews

By Jon May; Andrew D. Correia

White Collar Crime: Health Care Fraud (2010-2011 ed.)

By Benson Weintraub and Robert David Malove
Thomson West (2010)
Reviewed by Jon May

Health care fraud costs American taxpayers an estimated $60 billion a year. While this is a significant amount, it is only a small fraction of the $3.3 trillion that the nation is expected to expend on health care in 2012. This may be the reason health care fraud was not a major priority of the Department of Justice until the last few years. But health care fraud is a priority today, and DOJ is expanding support for task forces around the country to target this crime.

This is good news, both for taxpayers and criminal defense lawyers. But representing an individual charged with health care fraud is unlike defending most other federal offenses. The delivery of health care services is highly regulated and the difference between conduct that is permissible and conduct that is proscribed is often quite subtle. A lawyer who is unfamiliar with the territory wi

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