Those who hire people to direct business their way in furtherance of a fraud, or who act as runners to refer clients or patients to unscrupulous lawyers or doctors so they can make fraudulent claims, can be charged under N.J.S.A. 2C:21-22.1, Use of Runners.
Under the statute, a person who knowingly drives customers or patients to professionals who are making fraudulent claims against insurance companies, insured people, or public health programs, can be found guilty of a crime of the third degree and face a three to five year sentence if convicted. You’ll also be fined $15,000. Being charged under N.J.S.A. 2C:21-22.1 doesn’t preclude other charges, and you may be facing a lengthy indictment based on the type and severity of the fraud scheme.
These charges can be quite serious and threaten your freedom, livelihood, and financial future. If you’ve been charged under 2C:21-22.1 or related statutes, get experienced help right away. Matthew Reisig has protected professionals in New Jersey from allegations of misconduct for almost two decades. Call 732-625-9661 today for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.