|March 31, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, today arrested the seventh suspect in connection to a Medicaid fraud case. The Orange County resident, Brenda Thompson, allegedly defrauded the Florida Medicaid Program out of more than $34,000. Thompson, 62, is a former employee of DS Connections, Inc., a targeted case management company headquartered in Winter Park and with offices in Clermont and Tallahassee.
In January 2015, MFCU, with the assistance of the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, arrested six former Targeted Case Managers of DS Connections, Inc. for more than $170,000 in Medicaid fraud. For more information on the previous arrests connected with this case, click here.
Thompson faces one count of Medicaid fraud more than $10,000, a second-degree felony. If convicted, Thompson faces up to 15 years in prison and more than $180,000 in fines and restitution. The State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case.
Additional arrests are expected in connection to this case.
Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. Additionally, the MFCU 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 now, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgment.