Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, I announced two major multimillion dollar settlements with companies accused of targeting the Medicaid program. These multistate settlements are important because they secure money for the program and Florida.
We joined a $784 million settlement with Wyeth, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc. resolving allegations that Wyeth knowingly underpaid rebates owed under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program for the sales of two types of gastric acid inhibitors. Additionally, we reached a $306 million settlement with Olympus America, Inc., resolving allegations that Olympus, and certain Olympus subsidiaries, paid illegal kickbacks to health care providers. A proportional amount of the settlement money will go back to Medicaid, with Florida receiving more than $10 million. Thanks to the great work of my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the United States Department of Justice and other states, we secured this money for taxpayers.
My MFCU investigates and prosecutes providers who intentionally defraud our state’s Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.
Since I took office, we obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgments through the MFCU. We will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners to stop the exploitation of our Medicaid program.
Florida Man Arrested for Exploiting Elderly Family Member
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a Santa Rosa County resident for exploitation. According to the investigation, Marcus Dwayne Causey, 32, used more than $3,000 of private funds of an elderly family member hospitalized at the time. More.
Gainesville Physician Convicted of 162 Counts of Health Care Fraud
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office and the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida announced the conviction of a Gainesville physician for 162 counts of health care fraud. Ona M. Colasante, 59, owned and operated medical businesses known as the Hawthorne Medical Center in Hawthorne, between 1998 and March 2009, and the Colasante Clinic in Gainesville, between January 2010 and January 2013. More.
Hernando County Woman Arrested for Abuse of a Disabled Adult
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a Hernando County woman for allegedly abusing a disabled adult. Amanda Ann Lis, 27, is a former caregiver at a Medicaid funded group home in Spring Hill, where several developmentally disabled residents live.
According to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Patient, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation team’s joint-investigation with the Florida Department of Children and Families, Lis, while employed at the home, battered one of the disabled residents. Lis allegedly punched the resident in the face with a closed fist. The group home no longer employs Lis. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi attending the Tampa Police Memorial Ceremony, honoring 31 officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Attorney General Bondi’s deepest condolences are with the fallen heroes’ families, friends and fellow officers. To watch the full memorial ceremony, click here.
Attorney General Pam Bondi, former students from King High School and friends honored Former First Lady of Florida Mary Jane Martinez at a luncheon in Tampa. The Former First Lady served as a librarian and teacher at King High School in Tampa for 20 years.
Attorney General Bondi, Laura Woodard, Former First Lady Mary Jane Martinez and Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.