|October 18, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the sentencing of a Lee County man for exploiting an elderly relative residing in a nursing home. Last month, a jury found Ryan Todd Powers, 41, guilty on four counts of first-degree exploitation involving an elderly person. This week, the Honorable J. Frank Porter, Circuit Judge for the 20th Judicial Circuit, sentenced Powers to 20 years in prison.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated this case and discovered that Powers unlawfully obtained funds from an elderly relative suffering from physical limitations. Powers obtained a durable power of attorney on behalf of the victim to manage the relative’s affairs. Using this power of attorney, Powers misappropriated the victim’s funds and property for personal purposes.
Attorney General Bondi’s MFCU and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office originally arrested Powers in December 2016 and then again in January 2017. For more information about the previous arrests, click here and here.
The State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit prosecuted the case.
The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. Additionally, 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 Jan. 2011 to the present, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $750 million in settlements and judgments. In 2017, the MFCU was awarded the Inspector General's Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste and Abuse. This award is presented annually to the nation’s top MFCU by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.