|October 3, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office today arrested Curtis Johnson, 55, for exploiting an elderly person. Johnson possessed power of attorney for an elderly relative residing in an assisted living facility and arranged for the relative’s pension checks to be electronically deposited into an account under Johnson’s control. According to the MFCU investigation, Johnson did not pay the monthly responsibility for the relative to stay in the facility, and instead used the money for personal benefit.
Johnson faces one count of exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Johnson could face up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit is prosecuting this case.
The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. Additionally, the 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 the present, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $700 million in settlements and judgments. 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.