|December 6, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the sentencing of Janet E. Williams, 51, from Alachua County, for grand theft and organized fraud. On Dec. 4, 2017, pursuant to a plea agreement, the Honorable Mark Moseley, Circuit Judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit sentenced Williams to 30 days in jail and five years of probation. In addition to standard fines and court costs, Williams is also ordered to pay more than $8,000 in restitution.
According to the MFCU investigation, Williams submitted fraudulent timesheets and progress reports while working as a caregiver at Angel 4 U Inc., causing fraudulent billings to the Medicaid program. In some instances, Williams submitted these documents for services on days a young client was out of town or when appointments were cancelled.
Williams also engaged in a scheme to defraud a client’s parent by convincing the parent to let Williams invest money on her behalf. Williams promised a larger return on the invested funds, yet the parent never received the alleged pay out.
The Attorney General’s Office prosecuted this case through an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit.
The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 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 $700 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. In 2017, the MFCU was awarded the Inspector General's Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste and Abuse. This award is presented annually to the nation’s top MFCU by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.