|December 20, 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 Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of a Duval County resident for Medicaid Fraud. Jennifer Schulz, 32, is a former mental health therapist who provided counseling to children. According to the investigation, Schulz submitted false progress notes for services she did not provide.
Schulz faces one count of Medicaid provider fraud, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Schulz faces up to five years in prison, fines and restitution. Attorney General Bondi’s Office will prosecute the case through an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit.
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.