|February 21, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s investigation into allegations of a Miami health care provider abusing a disabled resident concluded today with the arrest of Jesus Rueda, 62. Rueda has been arrested and is charged with abuse of a disabled adult, a third degree felony. He faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for allegedly grabbing and punching a non-verbal resident of The Mentor Network, an organization that provides services for the disabled and mentally challenged.
“It is despicable that someone who is entrusted with the care of a patient would abuse that patient, and I am grateful to the employee who witnessed this abuse and reported it,” state Attorney General Bondi.
Today’s arrest followed an investigation by MFCU’s Patient Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (PANE) team, acting on information received from the Florida Department of Children and Families, Adult Protective Services. The PANE Project plays a key role in detecting abuse and neglect of elderly and disabled patients.
The case is being prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit.