|July 25, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a convicted felon for criminal use of personal identification information. According to the MFCU investigation, Sade Monique Grier, 29, criminally used her sister’s identification in order to work in the health care field and receive more $10,000 in payroll funds.
Grier allegedly used her sister’s identification for her employment and training records to gain employment with House of Honor the Westbrooks, a Medicaid provider. The defendant has been previously convicted of theft from a person 65 years of age or older, fraudulent use of a credit card and grand theft.
Under Florida law, a person with prior felony convictions for theft is disqualified from working with the elderly or disabled, and an assisted living facility cannot employ a disqualified person. Grier worked at the House of Honor the Westbrooks from approximately January 2015 through November 2015.
Grier faces one count of criminal use of personal identification more than $5,000, second-degree felony. If convicted, Grier faces up to 15 years in prison. Through a special agreement with the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit, the Attorney General’s Office will prosecute this case.
The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 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 the present, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $700 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. In 2017, the MFCU was awarded the Inspector General's Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste and Abuse. This award is presented annually to the nation’s top MFCU by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.