|September 8, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that a judge has sentenced Priscilla Smith Johnson, the owner of an adult family care home in Williston, Fla., to more than eight years in prison. Johnson was arrested in October 2013 following an investigation by Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. Allegations against Johnson included neglecting residents, failing to provide medical services for a resident’s wounds, restraining a disabled adult with handcuffs both in the family care home and restraining residents at a remote location, willfully abusing a disabled adult and causing wounds on her wrists and permanent disfigurement, and financially exploiting residents at her family care home.
State Attorney Bill Cervone’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit prosecuted Johnson. The defendant entered a plea to Aggravated Abuse of a Disabled Adult, a first degree felony, along with False Imprisonment, Neglect of a Disabled Adult, and Exploitation of a Disabled Adult, all third degree felonies.
The Attorney General'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. From January 2011 to August 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $460 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.