|December 22, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced the arrest of a Walton County resident on a charge related to the exploitation of a Florida senior citizen. Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, MFCU and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Megan Sanai, 31.
According to the investigation, Sanai, allegedly accessed the private bank account of a senior citizen and withdrew more than $2,000, after being made aware that the victim lacked mental capacity. Sanai is currently awaiting trial on a previous charge of exploitation involving the same victim.
Sanai is charged with a one count of exploitation, a third degree felony. If convicted she could receive up to five years in prison, and face up to $5,000 in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, William “Bill” Eddins.
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 October 2015, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgments.