|May 18, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department today arrested a man for abuse of a disabled adult. Helio Vinent, 54, is a former employee of the Association for the Development of the Exceptional, Inc., a training service provider for developmentally disabled adults. While employed at the training service provider, Vinent allegedly punched a patient in the face.
Vinent is charged with one count of abuse of an elderly or disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Vinent faces up to five years in prison. The State Attorney’s Office for the 11th Judicial Circuit is prosecuting the case.
The Attorney General's MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. Additionally, the MFCU 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.