|October 9, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office have arrested Claudia Laurenceau, 43, for defrauding the Medicaid program. According to the investigation, Laurenceau was responsible for assisting developmentally disabled Medicaid recipients while serving as a Medicaid Waiver Support Coordinator. Laurenceau allegedly billed the Medicaid program more than $19,000 for services she did not provide. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities had discontinued Laurenceau as a Medicaid Waiver Support Coordinator in November 2013 due to failure to perform her duties.
Laurenceau is facing charges of Medicaid fraud, a second-degree felony and grand theft, a third-degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $95,000 and restitution. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.
The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes fraud involving 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 Aug. 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $460 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.