|February 12, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office today arrested Lakeshia Lashawn Ramsay, 31, for more than $5,000 in Medicaid fraud. While employed as a direct care contractor at Superior Family Services, located in Delray Beach, Ramsay allegedly submitted fraudulent time sheets and progress reports for respite care services that were never rendered, resulting in false Medicaid claims. Based on a complaint by the owner of Superior Family Services, the investigation revealed that the defendant claimed 465 hours of respite care service when in reality she performed 13 hours of service.
According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, respite care services are supportive case and supervision provided to a consumer when the primary caregiver is unable to perform these duties due to a planned brief absence, an emergency absence, or when the caregiver is available but temporarily physically unable to care for or supervise the consumer for a brief period.
The defendant is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of grand theft, both third-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine and restitution. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the case.
The Attorney General's 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 Nov. 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $466 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.