Embezzlement and Your Medical License
The Texas Medical Board outlines strict standards that physicians must adhere to in order to keep their license to practice medicine. When a doctor faces criminal charges, his or her license may be at risk of being suspended or revoked by the board. Embezzlement is one such crime that can result in serious criminal and civil penalties. If you have been accused of embezzlement or a similar fraud charge, do not hesitate to speak with an experienced Texas medical license defense lawyer to prepare your defense.
What is Embezzlement?
Embezzlement is the criminal act of taking something that has been entrusted to you in a professional capacity and putting it to personal use. Embezzlement often involves stealing money from an employer but can also involve other types of assets. Some examples of embezzlement that may occur in a medical setting include:
- Stealing needles, medications, or other supplies from work for personal use
- Billing patients for extra services and then keeping the extra money for yourself
- Accepting cash from a patient and keeping it for personal use
Whenever professional assets handled by an employee are taken and used for personal gain, the employee is guilty of embezzlement.
Defending Your License
Beyond the criminal repercussions, an embezzlement allegation could drastically impact your career and could cause you to lose your license. It is therefore important to seek help from a Texas medical license defense attorney as soon as possible to help you in your board investigation. An experienced attorney can help to defend your medical license throughout your case and will fight to minimize the licensing penalties brought against you.
If you are facing charges for embezzlement and are concerned about the impact it will have on your medical license, know that you are not alone. Contact the Texas medical license defense lawyers of the Leichter Law Firm at 512-495-9995 to discuss how we can help you defend your license to practice.