|August 3, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and North Miami Police Department today arrested a dentist for defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $16,000. According to the investigation, Fadi Yousef Qablawi, 39, fraudulently collected payments from numerous Medicaid recipients for dentures, then billed the Medicaid program for the full amount.
Qablawi faces one count of Medicaid fraud, a second-degree felony, and one count of dealing in property paid for by the Medicaid program and one count of organized scheme to defraud, both third-degree felonies. If convicted, Qablawi faces up to 25 years in prison. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting this case.
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.