My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes fraud involving providers that intentionally defraud the state's Medicaid program. Medicaid fraud essentially steals from Florida's taxpayers. Since 2011, my MFCU has obtained more than $450 million in settlements and judgments.
This week, the MFCU and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hillsborough County resident Esther Stirewalt for Medicaid fraud. According to the MFCU’s investigation, Stirewalt received more than $8,000 for personal care services allegedly provided to a disabled adult, which were actually never provided. Stirewalt was employed by Tampa Bay Patient Services.
Stirewalt is charged with one count of Medicaid Fraud, a third degree felony, and could face up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. The case will be prosecuted by my Office of Statewide Prosecution.
In closing, I hope that those of you who are celebrating Passover this week and those of you who will be celebrating Easter have a blessed and joyful time with family and friends.