|April 27, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a Hillsborough County resident for abusing a disabled adult. Erica R. Reid, 24, is a former employee of NeuroRestorative Florida, a Medicaid funded facility in Lutz. The facility houses a number of developmentally disabled residents. According to the MFCU investigation, Reid became upset with the behavior of one of the disabled residents and shoved the resident in the back, causing the victim to fall to the floor. NeuroRestorative Florida terminated Reid’s employment.
Reid faces one count of abuse of a disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Reid faces up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the 13th Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.
The Florida Attorney General'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 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 the present, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $689 million in settlements and judgments.