|April 1, 2014
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that two Broward county residents are in custody after allegedly defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $18,000. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Julia Privis and Alla Privis on felony warrants.
After receiving a referral from the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated Julia Privis and Alla Privis, who were employed by Ultimate Home Care, Inc. in Hallandale Beach at the time, for services not rendered. According to the investigation, the total amount they billed the Medicaid program for services never rendered, including range of motion exercises, conducting urine tests and bathing and skin care, was more than $18,000.
Julia Privis is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a second-degree felony and two counts of grand theft, both third-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in prison. Alla Privis is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of grand theft, both third-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.