|November 7, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today arrested an Escambia County assisted living facility administrator, 43-year-old Adrienne Taylor, for allegedly tampering with or harassing a witness, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and giving false information to a law enforcement officer. According to the investigation, Taylor withheld evidence, created false reports, and had others provide false statements during an investigation into her employer, Kipling Manor. Taylor could receive 31 years in prison and fines. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, William “Bill” Eddins, in the First Judicial Circuit.
Taylor was arrested in July, along with Belie Brock Williams, for allegedly refusing psychological nursing caregivers entrance into the Kipling Manor facility to assist mental health residents resulting in residents without care for two to three weeks. Taylor allegedly failed caregiver responsibilities to protect the residents from the abuse and did not ensure residents received prescribed nursing services. Investigators received information regarding the alleged abuse and neglect from the Northwest Florida Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Office.
The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 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 Jan. 2011 to Aug. 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $460 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.