|March 25, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today arrested a former Florida State Hospital employee, Arlesia Richardson, 50, for abuse of a disabled adult. Acting on a referral by Adult Protective Services, a division of the Department of Children and Family Services, MFCU investigators discovered that Richardson provoked a disabled adult resident, with a history of self-injurious behavior, into hitting his head against a door multiple times. Richardson is no longer employed at the Florida State Hospital.
Richardson faces one count of abuse of a disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Richardson faces up to five years in prison and more than $5,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case.
The Attorney General's MFCU investigates and prosecutes providers that intentionally defraud the state's Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. From January 2011 to November 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $466 million in settlements and judgments.