Protecting FloridiansTwo 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.