|July 25, 2017
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 Police Department today arrested a targeted case manager for defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $27,000. According to the investigation, Arkyn Mena, 45, falsified the progress notes of six different Medicaid recipients to make it appear that the defendant provided services never performed. Submitting these falsified progress notes caused fraudulent billing to the Medicaid program.
Mena faces one count of organized scheme to defraud and one count of Medicaid fraud, both second-degree felonies. If convicted, Mena faces up to 30 years in prison. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution in prosecuting this 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 $700 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.