|August 24, 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 Manatee County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a Manatee County resident on eight felony charges related to a scheme to exploit elderly or disabled clients. According to the MFCU investigation, Makynen falsified documents in order to claim clients’ security deposits for himself.
As a Supported Living Coach, David Makynen, 31, arranged for two clients to live as roommates in Makynen’s residential complex. When the residential manager discovered Makynen moved his first two clients out and brought in two new clients, the manager told Makynen the clients could not be moved in on the same security deposits. Makynen then provided the manager with documents allegedly signed by the clients and attested to by witnesses, authorizing Makynen to collect the $650 security deposits on the clients’ behalf. The investigation discovered these documents to be false and revealed that the alleged witnesses never saw or signed such documents.
Makynen faces two counts of exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult, two counts of grand theft, two counts of uttering a forged instrument and two counts of unlawful use of a notary public seal, all third-degree felonies. If convicted, Makynen faces up to 40 years in prison and $40,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the 12th Judicial Circuit is prosecuting this case.
Attorney General Bondi’s MFCU and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office previously arrested Makynen twice earlier this year. For more information about the previous arrests and additional charges, click here and here.
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 $700 million in settlements and judgments. In 2017, the MFCU was awarded the Inspector General's Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste and Abuse. This award is presented annually to the nation’s top MFCU by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.