|June 27, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today arrested a Lake County resident, Randall Ritch, for allegedly committing more than $300,000 in Medicai fraud. Ritch, owner of Lake County Preferred OBGYN, allegedly billed the Florida Medicaid program for services that were never rendered and used the Medicaid provider number of a physician no longer in his employment. According to the investigation, Ritch submitted more than 2,500 fraudulent claims to the Medicaid program.
“This case is a great example of the importance of reporting fraud,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I encourage anyone who suspects Medicaid fraud to contact my office.”
The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began its investigation after receiving a complaint from a physician who accused Ritch of using her Medicaid provider number to bill and receive payments from the Medicaid program for services when she did not work for him.
Ritch is charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of criminal use of personal identification number, and one count of operation of an unlicensed health care clinic. If convicted on all counts, Ritch could face a prison sentence, fine, costs and restitution. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.