|March 24, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today arrested Patrick Perez James, Miramar resident and owner of United Support Agency Corp, for defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $24,000. While working as a direct provider of respite care services, James allegedly fraudulently billed Medicaid for services never rendered. Respite care services provide temporary relief to families caring for a disabled child or adult. According to the investigation, James also asked recipients’ relatives and others to state he provided the services when, in fact, he did not.
James faces one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of grand theft, both second-degree felonies. If convicted, James faces up to 30 years in prison, fines and restitution. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting this case.
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 now, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgment.