|July 15, 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 University of South Florida Police Department and Pasco County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a Pasco County physician and his office manager for defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $100,000. After receiving a complaint from the Division of Insurance Fraud and Amerigroup Health Plan, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began an investigation revealing that Dr. Daniel Jiannetto and Michelle McKleroy, his office manager and ex-wife, allegedly billed for medical services that were never rendered.
The defendants face one count of first-degree Medicaid provider fraud, one count of first-degree scheme to defraud, and one count of second-degree criminal use of personal identification information. If convicted, the defendants face up to 30 years in prison and more than $100,000 in fines and restitution. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.
Attorney General Bondi’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 January 2011 to March 2015, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $474 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.