|July 18, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested three Central Florida residents yesterday for $27,000 worth of Medicaid fraud. An investigation conducted by the MFCU revealed that the Destiny TCM Corporation, under the ownership of Lorna Holmes and the management of Rosalyn Gentry and Deidre Padilla, billed the Medicaid program for $27,000 worth of illegitimate targeted case management services and bribed individuals in order to obtain Medicaid recipient numbers. Targeted case management services link Medicaid recipients with mental health services. Allegedly, the Destiny TCM Corporation was billing for services never provided to Medicaid recipients, some of which included claims for three-month-old infants, and violating the Medicaid fraud kick-back statute, F.S. 409.920(2)(a)(5).
“We will aggressively prosecute these three individuals based on the egregious charges that they defrauded the Medicaid program and bribed people in order to obtain Medicaid recipient numbers,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Holmes, Gentry, and Padilla are each charged with one count of Medicaid provider fraud. Holmes is also charged with an additional count of Medicaid provider fraud for paying kick-backs to people in order to gain access to additional Medicaid numbers for billing. If convicted, the defendants each face up to 15 years in prison for the one count and a $10,000 fine. Holmes faces up to an additional five years and an additional $5,000 fine for the second charge. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.