|November 16, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that a Miami-Dade County assisted living facility administrator is in custody after being charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $45,000. Eldridge Charles Pratt, 73, was arrested today by the Miami-Dade Police Department on a felony warrant by Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
“Our state is facing a challenging budget year, and we cannot allow taxpayers’ money to end up in the hands of criminals rather than in the hands of those who provide legitimate Medicaid services,” stated Attorney General Bondi.
According to an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Pratt, the administrator of Capricorn Retirement Home, Inc., fraudulently billed the Medicaid program for assistive care services rendered to individuals who were not at the facility during the dates for which claims were submitted to the state. Records revealed that between January 2007 and January 2011, the assisted living facility was paid more than $45,000 by the Agency for Health Care Administration for these fraudulent claims.
Mr. Pratt is charged with Medicaid fraud, grand theft and organized scheme to defraud, all second-degree felonies. If convicted, he faces up to 45 years in prison and more than $150,000 in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.