|December 21, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of a Bay County pediatrician for Medicaid provider fraud. A complaint to the Attorney General’s fraud hotline initiated a Medicaid fraud investigation against Sameh Mohamed El Amir, 45, for allegedly stealing more than $250,000 from Florida Medicaid.
According to the investigation, El Amir allegedly billed for providing services while out of the United States, upcoded for services provided by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners and other services and billed Medicaid for office visits for providing ear piercings.
El Amir faces two counts of Medicaid fraud more than $50,000, first-degree felonies, and two counts of Medicaid fraud less than $10,000, third-degree felonies. If convicted, El Amir faces up to 70 years in prison and more than $1.5 million in fines and restitution. Attorney General Bondi’s Office will prosecute the case through an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office for the 14th Judicial Circuit.
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 $500 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.