|December 5, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of a Columbia County resident for Medicaid fraud and grand theft. Lorrene L. Morrow-Miller, a certified nursing assistant, 42, allegedly submitted daily service logs and timesheets to her previous employer, Kelly’s Helping Hands, Inc., for services not provided.
Kelly’s Helping Hands, a Levy County home and community-based services Medicaid provider, relied on the daily service logs Morrow-Miller submitted to submit claims of more than $1,900 to the Florida Medicaid program. Additionally, Morrow-Miller received more than $1,000 in salary from Kelly’s Helping Hands for the time the defendant claimed to provide services.
Morrow-Miller is charged with one count of Medicaid provider fraud, a third-degree felony, and one count of grand theft, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Morrow-Miller faces up to 10 years in prison, fines and restitution. The State Attorney’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case.
The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes providers that intentionally defraud the state's Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Medicaid fraud essentially steals from Florida's taxpayers. From Jan. 2011 to the present, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.