|August 14, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announces the convictions of two Escambia County Assisted Living Facility employees for abuse and neglect. According to the investigation, Belie Brock Williams, 73, former Administrator for Kipling Manor, refused psychological nursing caregivers entrance to the facility. Due to this refusal, some residents did not receive care for approximately two to three weeks. Adrienne Taylor, 44, former Assistant Administrator of Kipling Manor, failed to perform as a caregiver by not protecting the residents from abuse and not assuring the residents received the prescribed nursing services.
Williams pled as charged to three counts of abuse. Taylor pled to one count of neglect. On a separate case, Taylor pled to tampering with a witness, tampering with evidence and providing false information to a law enforcement officer during an investigation.
The Honorable Judge Edward Nickinson sentenced Williams to two years and nine months in prison and Taylor to two years community control. Attorney General Pam Bondi’ s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case and the Office of the State Attorney William “Bill” Eddins, 1st Judicial Circuit, prosecuted the case.
Attorney General Bondi’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 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.