|August 24, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade County Police Department today arrested a former nursing home employee for exploitation of the elderly and disabled. Haymee Hernandez, 49, is a former employee at Claridge House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home located in North Miami.
According to the MFCU investigation, while employed at the facility, Hernandez allegedly took ATM cards belonging to three elderly and disabled residents and spent more than $13,000 without the knowledge or consent of the residents. The facility terminated Hernandez’s employment.
The defendant faces three counts of exploitation of an elderly or disabled person and three counts of grand theft, all third-degree felonies. If convicted, the defendant faces up to 30 years in prison. The State Attorney’s Office for the 11thJudicial Circuit is prosecuting the case.
The Attorney General's 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 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.