|December 8, 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 Martin County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a home and community based caregiver for defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $85,000. According to the MFCU investigation, Luther Jerome Robinson, 50, fraudulently submitted billing records and progress notes for services never provided to several Medicaid recipients.
Robison allegedly claimed hundreds of hours for services not provided. According to the claims, Robinson provided services to more than one Medicaid recipient at the same time and reported to provide services during a time period when he was out of the state. Additionally, in at least two instances, Robinson submitted claims for services purportedly provided on dates and times when he was involved in vehicular crashes.
Robinson faces one count of Medicaid fraud, a first-degree felony, one count of grand theft, a second-degree felony, and one count of organized fraud, also a second-degree felony. If convicted, Robinson faces up to 60 years in prison. The State Attorney’s Office for the 19th Judicial Circuit is prosecuting 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 $750 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.