|August 13, 2014
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–An investigation by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today resulted in the arrest of a Seminole County woman, Teryl Atkins, for medicaid fraud. Atkins was employed by A&S Quality Care, where she allegedly billed the Medicaid program for more than $8,000 in services that were deemed fraudulent, duplicative, or not authorized for reimbursement. Atkin’s arrest follows the arrests of her A&S coworkers, Shirley Simmons, Keisha Carter and Kandida Michel, in July. According to the investigation, A&S paid illegal kickbacks to employees for the referral of new Medicaid recipients and billed the Medicaid program for more than $45,000 in duplicative and unauthorized services.
Atkins has been charged with Medicaid fraud, a third degree felony. If convicted, Atkins could face up to five years in prison, $5,000 in fines and restitution. Atkins, Simons, Carter, and Michel will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
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 January 2011 to April 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $450 million in settlements and judgments.