|February 15, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a Manatee County resident for Medicaid fraud and grand theft. David Makynen, 30, is a former sub-contractor of Oasis Health Care, a provider of at-home services to disabled adults.
According to the MFCU investigation, Makynen claimed to meet with a disabled adult for months and provide services multiple times. The victim’s mother and caregiver reported that Makynen met the victim once for an appointment, but never made contact again. At Makynen’s direction, and not knowing the claims to be false, Oasis Health Care submitted the claims to the Medicaid program and paid the defendant for allegedly providing the services. Oasis Health Care no longer employs Makynen.
Makynen faces one count of grand theft, a third-degree felony, and one count of Medicaid fraud, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Makynen faces up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the 12th Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case.
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 $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.