|January 11, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of an Escambia County licensed mental health counselor for Medicaid provider fraud. Walter David Robinson, 65, is the owner of A Better Choice Supports and Services, Inc. in Pensacola. A complaint to the Attorney General’s fraud hotline initiated a Medicaid fraud investigation against Robinson for allegedly stealing more than $22,000 from the Florida Medicaid program. According to the investigation, Robinson improperly billed Medicaid and failed to complete treatment of children with autism.
Robinson faces one count of Medicaid fraud more than $10,000 but less than $50,000, a second-degree felony. If convicted, Robinson faces up to 15 years in prison and more than $100,000 in fines and restitution. Attorney General Bondi’s Office will prosecute the case through an agreement with State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit William “Bill” Eddins’ Office.
The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 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 $500 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.