|April 14, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today announced the sentencing of a Palm Beach couple for Medicaid fraud and grand theft. David and Karen Bledsoe, owners of a durable medical equipment company named A Plus Medical Equipment and Supply, Inc., fraudulently billed the Medicaid program for more than $40,000 in services and medical equipment never provided to Medicaid recipients.
The defendants accepted payment from Medicaid for purportedly providing wheelchairs and bath chairs to Medicaid recipients, in this case, severely disabled children. David Bledsoe measured the recipients for the equipment, directed the billing and engaged in a campaign to mislead the recipients’ caregivers into believing the equipment was on its way. Karen Bledsoe was aware of the fraud and knew that her husband billed Medicaid even though the equipment had not been delivered.
The Honorable Krista Marx, Judge for the Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial Circuit, adjudicated David and Karen Bledsoe guilty of one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of grand theft, both second-degree felonies. The Honorable Krista Marx sentenced David Bledsoe to less than two years in prison, followed by four years of probation, and Karen Bledsoe to six years of probation, including two years of community control. The defendants are also ordered to pay more than $40,000 in fines and restitution.