Protecting FloridiansHome Health Aide Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid and Neglect
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office arrested a home health aide for neglecting a disabled adult and defrauding the Florida Medicaid program. Vanesa Cainion, 50, allegedly failed to provide home health care services to the disabled adult and submitted false progress notes causing the Medicaid program to reimburse more than $1,000 for services never provided. More.
Former Florida State Hospital Worker Arrested for Aggravated Abuse of a Patient
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General arrested a former Florida State Hospital worker from Georgia for abusing a disabled adult. According to the MFCU investigation, while working at the hospital, Latavious Heard, 20, punched a disabled patient in the face, causing great bodily harm to the victim.
Heard faces one count of aggravated abuse of a disabled adult, a first-degree felony. If convicted, Heard faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case. More.
Former Nursing Home Manager Arrested for Organized Scheme to Defraud and Grand Theft
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Tarpon Springs Police Department arrested a Pasco County woman for a scheme misappropriating more than $50,000 from nursing home residents. Jill Marie Spohn, 37, is a former employee of a Hillsborough County nursing home. While employed as the manager, Spohn allegedly misappropriated the funds of two elderly residents paid in cash to the facility.
According to the MFCU investigation, to conceal the theft, Spohn manipulated the trust accounts of other residents. On a monthly basis, Spohn allegedly wrongfully diverted other residents’ money into the accounts of the two cash paying resident victims, while failing to credit cash received on behalf of the victims into the facility account. More.
Former WellCare, Inc. General Counsel Pleads Guilty To Making A False Statement To Florida Medicaid Program
Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that WellCare's former General Counsel, Thaddeus M.S. Bereday, 52, Tampa, has pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the Florida Medicaid program. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
This case was investigated by the Attorney General Pam Bondi's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More.