|September 24, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Alfonso Garcia, 50, for allegedly defrauding Medicaid out of more than $270,000. According to the investigation, Alfonso Garcia supplied Medicaid recipients’ pharmaceuticals to a co-conspirator and was paid through Garcia’s corporations by using fraudulent invoices to disguise the source of the income.
Garcia is charged with Medicaid fraud, trafficking in contraband prescription drugs, conspiracy to traffic in prescription drugs, organized fraud and money laundering. The defendant is facing 125 years in prison and more than $1,300,000 in fines and restitution. This case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes fraud involving 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 Aug. 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $460 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.