|February 19, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of a Personal Care Assistant for abuse of a disabled adult. According to the investigation, Marcus Bernard Woods, 52, inflicted physical injury on an assisted living facility resident while employed as a Personal Care Assistant at CoWorkers, Inc.
Woods is charged with abuse of a disabled adult, a third degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $5,000. The State Attorney’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case.
The Attorney General's MFCU 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 Nov. 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $466 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.