|April 18, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Today, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested a Columbia County woman on a felony warrant for nearly $160,000 of Medicaid fraud. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) arrested Michelle Caroline Hatton Broach, 39, after an investigation revealed that she was overbilling the Medicaid program. Although Lake City Christian Academy is only in session for six hours per day Monday through Thursday and is closed at noon on Friday, Broach allegedly billed the Medicaid program for services provided for more than 12 hours per day at the school. Also according to the investigation, Broach billed Medicaid for services provided at the school when she was actually working a second job during school hours.
Hatton is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a second degree felony, and one count of organized fraud, a first degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to 45 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.