|September 7, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today announced the arrest of an Escambia County resident for exploitation of disabled adults. Penny Williams, 43, while employed by Capstone Group Homes, allegedly stole more than $12,000 from seven different residents between April and June 2016.
Williams faces seven counts of exploitation of disabled adults, all third-degree felonies. If convicted, Williams faces up to 35 years in prison and $35,000 in fines. The State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, William “Bill” Eddins, will prosecute 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.