Florida has participated in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in U.S. history. Florida will receive more than $56 million as part of a $3 billion settlement with GlaxoSmithKline that involved the federal government, Florida and various other states. The settlement resolves allegations that GSK engaged in a pattern of: unlawfully marketing certain drugs for uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration; making false representations regarding the safety and efficacy of certain drugs; offering kickbacks to medical professionals; and underpaying rebates owed to government programs for various drugs paid for by Medicaid and other federally funded healthcare programs.
I am proud to say that this agreement makes Florida whole for the deceptive practices that misled consumers and defrauded the Medicaid program out of money.
In closing, as we celebrate our country’s independence this Fourth of July, let us be grateful for the freedom and opportunity that we, as Americans, enjoy. Our Founding Fathers and our country’s leaders who have followed them have dedicated themselves to defending our inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We would not live in the great country we know today if not for the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in our armed forces. I ask that you take a moment to remember those who have served our country and thank those who are currently serving our country.
Geny Noble Lima, 61, is charged with grand theft and Medicaid fraud, both first degree felonies. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit say Lima, owner of Lima Therapy Group of Palm Beach, Inc., allowed speech language assistants to provide unsupervised speech therapy to Medicaid recipients, many of whom were children. Lima would then bill the Medicaid program for the services, in violation of program rules. Over a five-year period, Lima billed more than $459,000 and was paid more than $214,000 by the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Attorney General Pam Bondi Announces Arrest of Nurse for Abusing a Disabled Adult at Florida State Hospital
Last week, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that a licensed practical nurse at Florida State Hospital had been arrested and charged with one count of abuse of a disabled adult at the facility. Melody A. Melton, of Blountstown, was arrested on a felony warrant by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
The investigation revealed that Melton, 45, struck a disabled woman at the mental health facility. Authorities say Melton attempted to forcibly administer medications to the victim by holding her nose closed in an attempt to force her mouth open, slapping her across the face, and pulling the victim’s hair.