Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
August 23, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Former Hospital Employee Arrested for Abuse of a Disabled Adult

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of a former Gadsden County Florida State Hospital employee for alleged physical abuse of a disabled patient. Following an altercation, hospital staff allegedly physically removed the defendant, Alashi Denise Lurry, 29, from a disabled patient’s room. According to the MFCU investigation, Lurry repeatedly returned to the patient’s room, climbed on the bed and kicked the restrained patient on the head and face.

Lurry is charged with one count of abuse of a disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted Lurry faces up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida will prosecute the case.

The Attorney General's MFCU 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 $500 million in settlements and judgments.