|April 12, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department today arrested two Miami-Dade County residents for allegedly billing the Medicaid program more than $100,000 for in-home support services not rendered.
According to the investigation, David Krochmal,43, owner of Peer Link Programs, and Cecilia Ines Krochmal, 47, operated a Home Health Agency that specialized in servicing individuals with developmental disabilities. Cecilia Krochmal, David Krochmal’s sister-in-law, managed the day-to-day operations of the business. The defendants allegedly falsified service logs for individual Medicaid recipients to include in-home services, such as assisting with personal hygiene; however, told clients that the business could not afford to visit clients’ homes to provide individual services. Instead, the defendants picked up multiple Medicaid recipients to participate in group activities on the weekends.
The defendants each face one count of Medicaid fraud, a first-degree felony and one count of conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, a second-degree felony. If convicted, the defendants each face up to 45 years in prison, plus fines and restitution. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the case.
The Attorney General's 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. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.