|February 8, 2013
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi announced today that her office has arrested a West Palm Beach dentist on charges of Medicaid fraud, grand theft, and employing a person to perform duties outside the scope of their license. Dr. Thomas Floyd, 61, surrendered and was taken into custody following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
“Employing a person to perform duties outside the scope of their license and billing Medicaid for those services is endangering patients and stealing from the Medicaid program,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators allege that between 2008 and 2012, Floyd employed an unlicensed dental hygienist and allowed her to perform periodontal root cleaning and scaling on 71 different children. Under Florida law, this procedure is only authorized to be performed by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist. Floyd then billed the Medicaid program for these procedures.
Floyd is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of grand theft and one count of employing a person to perform duties outside the scope of their license, all third-degree felonies. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and more than $30,000 in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit.