|March 27, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement today arrested an Orange County resident for $3 million in Medicaid fraud, racketeering, and identify theft. Janie Vittini, owner of Improving Together, Inc., allegedly billed the Medicaid program for more than $3 million for services that were never provided. According to the investigation, Vittini then used Medicaid funds to purchase luxury vehicles, trips, and jewelry, including Cadillac Escalades, Ducati Superbike, a seven-person Carnival cruise, a trip to Cozumel, Mexico, and more than $175,000 of Luis Vuitton products.
“Defrauding the Medicaid program and using those ill-gotten funds to support a lavish lifestyle is deplorable,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I am proud of our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for their successful partnership with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to protect Florida’s Medicaid program and seize the defendant's illegal assets.”
According to the investigation, between 2012 and 2013, Vittini billed Medicaid more than $3 million for services provided to Medicaid recipients with mental health needs, which were never rendered. Additionally, it is alleged that Vittini obtained Medicaid recipient numbers by enticing Medicaid recipients to complete applications for services in exchange for gift cards.
The defendant is charged with one count of second-degree Medicaid fraud, one count of first-degree racketeering, and one count of second-degree identify theft. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.