|May 3, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of a Hernando County woman for allegedly abusing a disabled adult. Amanda Ann Lis, 27, is a former caregiver at a Medicaid funded group home in Spring Hill, where several developmentally disabled residents live.
According to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Patient, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation team’s joint-investigation with the Florida Department of Children and Families, Lis, while employed at the home, battered one of the disabled residents. Lis allegedly punched the resident in the face with a closed fist. The group home no longer employs Lis.
Lis is charged with one count of abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Lis faces up to five years in prison and more than $5,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.
The Attorney General's MFCU 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 $500 million in settlements and judgments.