|September 1, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today announced the conviction of a Lee County man for exploiting an elderly relative residing in a nursing home. A Lee County jury found Ryan Todd Powers, 41, guilty on four counts of first degree exploitation involving an elderly person.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Patient Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Team investigated this case and revealed Powers unlawfully obtained funds from an elderly relative suffering from physical limitations. In order to manage the relative’s affairs, Powers obtained a durable power of attorney on behalf of the victim. Using the power of attorney, Powers misappropriated the victim’s funds and property for purposes other than the relative’s benefit.
The State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit prosecuted the case. The sentencing date is set for Oct. 2, 2017.