Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 43 • November 04, 2011

Today our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department arrested Maratib Hashmi and Nasim Hashmi, both 61, on felony warrants by our office. The Miami-Dade couple was charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of nearly $500,000.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigation revealed that the defendants, owners of L’Image Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Inc. in Miami-Dade County, fraudulently billed the Medicaid program for therapy provided by unlicensed therapists and overbilled for work provided by assistant therapists. The defendants were paid more than $484,000 by the Agency for Health Care Administration for these fraudulent claims.

Maratib Hashmi and Nasim Hashmi are charged with Medicaid fraud, grand theft and organized scheme to defraud, all first degree felonies. They are also charged with conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, a second degree felony. If convicted, they face up to 105 years in prison and over $2 million in fines. The case is being prosecuted by our Office of Statewide Prosecution.

One penny of fraudulent billing that costs the state is unacceptable, and I am pleased that we, along with the Miami-Dade Police Department, have arrested these two individuals who cost our state nearly half a million dollars.

In the News
The Examiner - “Oxytots”: a national disgrace
Miami Herald - Prescription drug crisis hits newborns in Florida
St. Petersburg Times - Two doctors among those facing charges in Tampa pill mill crackdown

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi and Partnering Agencies Announce the Arrest of Seven Tampa Bay Area Individuals for Trafficking Prescription Drugs and Racketeering
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced on Wednesday that seven Tampa Bay area individuals were arrested on charges of Racketeering, Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering and Conspiracy to Traffic in Opiates. These individuals were associated with JW Wellness, LLC in Hillsborough County, or Main Street Medical in Thonotosassa, Fla, which were both targeted as possible illegal pill mills. The investigation and arrests were a multi-agency effort consisting of the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. These cases will be prosecuted in a joint effort by the Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office.


Events
Veterans Honored in Governor and Cabinet Meeting

This week, Attorney General Bondi, along with the Governor and the Florida Cabinet, honored our veterans for their dedication to our country. The Governor offered a resolution honoring our veterans in recognition of Veterans' Day 2011.