|June 21, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today announced the arrests of a certified nursing assistant, a home health aide and a caretaker of two Medicaid recipients for defrauding the Florida Medicaid program and grand theft. According to the MFCU investigation, Ashley Bachman, Robert McClaskey II and Adonius Russell defrauded the Florida Medicaid program by causing reimbursements of more than $129,000 for services not rendered.
While employed by Deltona’s Step By Step and caring for two Medicaid recipients, Bachman and Russell allegedly entered into an agreement with McClaskey, the caretaker of the two recipients, to falsify documents used to submit claims to the Medicaid program for reimbursement of services never rendered. Bachman and Russell allegedly provided the fraudulent documents to their employer. In return for the alleged services, Bachman and Russell received funds for more than $37,000 and $56,000 not entitled to the defendants. Pursuant to the agreement between the three defendants, Bachman and Russell shared paychecks with McClaskey.
Bachman and Russell are each charged with one count of Medicaid provider fraud for $50,000 or more, a first-degree felony, and one count of grand theft valued at $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000, a second-degree felony. If convicted, Bachman and Russell each face up to 45 years in prison. McClaskey is charged with two counts of Medicaid provider fraud $50,000 or more, first-degree felonies, and two counts of principal to grand theft valued at $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000, second-degree felonies. If convicted, McClaskey faces up to 90 years in prison. If convicted, the three defendants are facing a combined total of more than $907,000 in fines and restitution.
The State Attorney’s Office for the Seventh Judicial Circuit is prosecuting these cases. The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office assisted Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the arrests.
The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 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 $500 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.