Attorney General Bill McCollum News Release
|August 19, 2010
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Duval County Speech Pathologist Sentenced to Seven Years for Medicaid Fraud
~ Defendant ordered to reimburse the Florida Medicaid program nearly half a million dollars ~
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that a Jacksonville man was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $485,000. Oliver Workman, a former speech pathologist, was charged with billing the Medicaid program from 2003 to 2007 for services he never provided in Putnam, Clay, Baker, Duval and Nassau counties.
"Medicaid fraud depletes valuable taxpayer-funded resources from those who need medical assistance, and my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone who commits this crime," said Attorney General Bill McCollum.
Based upon a referral from the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Medicaid Program Integrity Unit, the Attorney General's Medicaid fraud investigators determined that Workman, 60, was repeatedly billing the Medicaid program for children’s speech therapy without actually providing the services. Workman surrendered to law enforcement in 2009 after learning the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit had issued a warrant for his arrest.
Workman was prosecuted by an attorney from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit who was specially designated for the case by the State Attorney’s Office for the Seventh Judicial Circuit. He was sentenced by the Honorable Edward Hedstrom of the Seventh Judicial Circuit. After completing his prison sentence, Workman must serve 10 years of probation. He was also ordered to reimburse the Medicaid program the full amount he defrauded.