|August 16, 2012
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Tallahassee, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi announced today that an Okaloosa County resident was arrested and charged with three counts of Medicaid fraud for allegedly billing more than $270,000 for services under the Medicaid Developmentally Disabled Waiver Program. With the assistance of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, took Victoria Walker, Executive Director of Abilities Center of Northwest Florida, Inc., into custody.
“We will remain steadfast in our efforts to protect taxpayers’ money from those who attempt to defraud the Medicaid program,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I appreciate the assistance of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office for their partnership in investigating $270,000 worth of Medicaid fraud.”
The Agency for Persons with Disabilities provided the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with information regarding the allegations. Between 2007 and 2010, Walker, 59, allegedly submitted claims containing non-billable services and falsified hours to the Medicaid program for reimbursement.
Walker is charged with one count of first-degree Medicaid fraud and two counts of third-degree Medicaid fraud. If convicted, she could receive up to 40 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office under the authority of Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit.