What is false statements to insurance companies?
Any agent, physician or other person who shall knowingly or willfully make any false or fraudulent statement or representation of any material fact:
(1) In or with reference to any application for insurance in any industrial sick benefit company licensed, or which may be licensed, to do business in this Commonwealth,
(2) As to the death or disability of a policy or certificate holder in any such company,
(3) For the purpose of procuring or attempting to procure the payment of any false or fraudulent claim against any such company, or
(4) For the purpose of obtaining or attempting to obtain any money from or benefit in any such company, shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. Any such person who shall willfully make a false statement of any material fact or thing in a sworn statement as to the death or disability of a policy or certificate holder in any such company for the purpose of procuring payment of a benefit named in the policy or certificate of such holder, shall be guilty of perjury, and shall be proceeded against and punished as provided by the statutes of this Commonwealth in relation to the crime of perjury.Va. Code § 18.2-204
Virginia penalties and punishments
It is punished as a Class 3 misdemeanor. While a class 3 misdemeanor does not carry jail time, a conviction is a permanent record in Virginia that cannot be expunged. A record such as this one can carry several other consequences. Anyone charged with this can also be charged with perjury and other fraud crimes that may result in more strict punishment. For medical professionals, this charge can also initiate investigations into your medical license and carry a lasting impact on your career.
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