|April 24, 2014
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
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TALLAHASSEE, FL - Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the South Miami Police Department arrested Miami resident Christina Monroe for battery on a disabled adult. Monroe was working as a behavioral health technician at MACtown, Inc., a center for developmentally disabled adults located in Miami. According to the investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Patient Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (PANE) team Monroe’s co-workers witnessed her repeatedly punching a disabled adult in the face. The victim received a laceration to the right eye, requiring three stitches.
The PANE team began investigating Monroe after receiving information about alleged abuse from the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Monroe is being held at the Miami-Dade County jail. She is charged with one count of battery on a disabled adult, a third degree felony. If convicted, Monroe faces up to five years in prison. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates the abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly, ill and disabled residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, facilities for the mentally and physically disabled and assisted care living facilities.