|August 22, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—An investigation by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit uncovering nearly $600,000 of Medicaid fraud concluded today with the arrest of Coralia Perez. According to the investigation, Perez, owner of Patient’s Pharmacy & Infusion in Hialeah, submitted fraudulent invoices to the Agency for Health Care Administration to make it appear that the pharmacy had dispensed the correct amount of medications for which they had billed the Medicaid program.
“My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit discovered evidence that medicines were never dispensed, yet Perez billed the Medicaid program for these prescription drugs,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “We must protect Florida taxpayers’ dollars by stopping Medicaid fraud and holding individuals accountable for this illegal activity.”
Perez surrendered to investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and was transported and booked with the assistance of the Miami-Dade Police Department. She is charged with one count of first degree Medicaid fraud. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison and more than $2.9 million in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.