|October 13, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and the Tallahassee Police Department, arrested a Gadsden County woman and two Tallahassee residents for Medicaid fraud. According to the investigation, Melissa L. Simmons, 39, conspired with Felicia S. Williams, 37, and Willie-Mae Williams, 64, to bill Medicaid for services Simmons, a home health care provider, never rendered to a developmentally disabled child causing more than $13,000 in fraudulent claims.
Simmons is facing charges of Medicaid fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Medicaid fraud. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $80,000 and restitution. Felicia Williams and Willie-Mae Williams are each facing a charge of Conspiracy to Commit Medicaid fraud. If convicted, they face up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $70,000 and restitution. The Second Circuit State Attorney’s Office will prosecute this case.
The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes fraud involving 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 Aug. 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $460 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.