|August 27, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Eustis Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Lake County woman, Malaya Prado Maulion, 41, for allegedly housing a male resident with a known history of sexual deviancy at an assisted living facility Maulion owns.
According to the investigation, as the owner of Henderson House ALF, Maulion failed to protect vulnerable residents from a male resident that allegedly committed numerous acts of handling and fondling for seven months. Facility employees allegedly informed Maulion of the resident’s sexually inappropriate behavior, but Maulion continued to house the man.
Maulion faces seven third-degree felony counts for abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly persons and disabled adults. If convicted, Maulion faces up to 35 years in prison and more than $35,000 in fines. Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case and the Office of the State Attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, Brad King, will prosecute the case.
The Eustis Police Department’s arrest of the male resident, in April of 2015, for lewd or lascivious molestation of an elderly adult, predicated the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigation.
Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. Additionally, the MFCU 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. From January 2011 to August 2015, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $495 million in settlements and judgments.