|July 10, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced the sentencing of Robert Patrick Garcia, 39, for improperly billing more than a million dollars worth of targeted case management services to the Florida Medicaid program, while employed as a corporate officer at Family Behavior Services, LLC, located in Hallandale Beach.
The Honorable Michael Robinson, Circuit Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, sentenced Garcia to two years in prison, five years of probation and restitution to the Florida Medicaid program. Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case and the Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted the case.
In September 2014, the Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Kansas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and the New Jersey Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested three corporate officers from Family Behavior Services for defrauding the Florida Medicaid program by fraudulently billing for targeted case management services. Targeted case management services are designed to link Medicaid recipients with serious mental health disorders to community-based services. In January 2015, Barbara Oldham-Kennedy, 40, the ringleader of this scheme, was sentenced to more than two years in prison, five years probation and restitution to the Medicaid program. Grisel Pena, 63, who played a smaller role in this scheme, was also sentenced earlier this year.
The MFCU 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 January 2011 to March 2015, the MFCU has obtained more than $474 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.
The Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecutes multi-circuit organized crime while working regularly with federal and state counterparts to coordinate efforts against criminal activity. The office provides proactive partnership to law enforcement and is not limited to geographic or judicial boundaries.