Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, with the help of our federal partners, we made the final arrests in the largest national Medicare and Medicaid fraud takedown in our nation’s history. In Florida alone, authorities arrested a hundred individuals as part of the coordinated investigative efforts. These defendants are allegedly responsible for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid out of more than $200 million. As a result of this takedown, hundreds more across the country are also being held accountable for almost a billion dollars in false billings to these programs. Doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals are among those exploiting and stealing from these heath care programs.
With this historic fraud takedown, we are sending the message to anyone scheming to steal from our Medicaid and Medicare programs that we will find them and they will be held accountable. Thanks to the joint efforts of my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and our federal partners, this takedown has prevented millions of dollars in potential future fraud and will ensure those responsible are held to account.
In closing, this weekend marks two weeks since the tragic attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Today, I joined Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott at a memorial at the Florida Capitol honoring the victims of this tragedy. Our hearts are with the victims and my victim advocates remain in Orlando assisting their families with medical bills and funeral expenses. We continue to stand with the victims of this horrific tragedy, their families, friends and the entire Orlando community.
Two Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid Out of More Than $360,000
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Panama City mental health counselors for allegedly defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $360,000.
The investigation revealed that Laurie Lynne Kidd, 54, who has a doctorate in psychology, hired Courtney Ann Hill, 27, to provide individual and group therapy to assisted living facilities. Hill is an unlicensed and unqualified employee and allegedly submitted false reports claiming that Hill provided therapy to the residents, when, in fact the defendant did not. More.
Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on the United States Supreme Court Ruling Regarding the President’s Unlawful Immigration Action
Attorney General Pam Bondi released the following statement regarding the ruling by the United States Supreme Court on the President’s unlawful immigration action:
“Today’s ruling by our nation’s highest court left standing the position of Florida and the 25 other states challenging the President’s attempt to circumvent the separation of powers and act unilaterally to change the law. The powers granted to the President are expressly written in the United States Constitution to guard against presidential overreach.”
Pensacola Woman Convicted for Organized Fraud
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the conviction of a Pensacola woman for organized fraud. In early 2014, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated and arrested Gloria Hardaway, 25, for Medicaid provider fraud and grand theft allegedly committed while working for Home Instead Senior Care. More.
Three Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid and Grand Theft
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the arrests of a certified nursing assistant, a home health aide and a caretaker of two Medicaid recipients for defrauding the Florida Medicaid program and grand theft. According to the MFCU investigation, Ashley Bachman, Robert McClaskey II and Adonius Russell defrauded the Florida Medicaid program by causing reimbursements of more than $129,000 for services not rendered. More.
Attorney General Bondi and FTC Reach More Than $27 Million Settlement Related to Tech Support Scam
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Vast Tech Support, LLC, its owner, founder, and Chief Operating Officer Mark Donohue and OMG Tech Support, LLC. In November 2014, Attorney General Bondi’s Office and the FTC filed a complaint against Vast Tech Support, Donohue, OMG Tech Help and the companies’ principals and related entities for deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services.
The Vast Tech Support and OMG Tech Support defendants agreed to a judgment of more than $27 million and to surrender all assets to the court-appointed receiver, who will liquidate the assets and wind down the companies. Donohue agreed to a suspended judgment of more than $9 million. More.
Attorney General Bondi Applauds Millions Raised for Victims of Orlando Attack, Emphasizes Giving Tips
Millions of dollars are reportedly rapidly being donated to organizations helping the victims and families of the horrific Orlando attack. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s consumer protection staff is in the process of checking hundreds of funding pages on several crowdfunding websites and has been in direct contact with platforms such as GoFundMe.com in an attempt to ensure that charity webpages promising to help the victims of this tragedy are legitimate. More.