Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
|October 28, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Married Couple Arrested for Medicaid Fraud and Grand Theft
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrests of a West Palm Beach couple for more than $40,000 in Medicaid fraud. According to the investigation, David and Karen Bledsoe, owners of a durable medical equipment company named A Plus Medical Equipment and Supply, Inc., billed the Medicaid program for equipment never provided to Medicaid recipients.
The defendants each face one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of grand theft, each a second-degree felony. If convicted, the defendants face up to 30 years in prison, fines and restitution. Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.
Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 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. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. From January 2011 to October 2015, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgments.