|December 18, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that a Ft. Lauderdale woman is in custody for exploitation of an elderly person. Attorney General Bondi's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Boca Raton Police Department arrested Cathy Hanna, 42, for allegedly having a 79-year-old nursing home resident with dementia withdraw money from her account to give to Hanna and pay Hanna’s car payment. The total amount exploited from the victim was $12,000.
MFCU’s Patient Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation team began investigating Hanna after receiving information from the Department of Children and Families. Hanna was employed as the Director of Admissions at Harbor Beach Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She is charged with one count of grand theft from a person 65 years of age or older, a second degree felony, and one count of exploitation of an elderly person, a third degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to twenty years in prison. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit.
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 Nov. 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $466 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.