Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
June 24, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Treasure Coast Man Arrested for Abuse of a Disabled Adult

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Port St. Lucie Police Department today arrested a former mental health technician of Treasure Coast Forensic Treatment Center, in Indiantown, for abuse of a disabled adult. According to the investigation, Byron Pressley, 22, punched one of the residents in the face. The incident was captured on video.

Pressley is charged with one count of abuse of a disabled adult, a third degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. The State Attorney’s Office for the 19th Judicial Circuit will prosecute the 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 March 2015, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $474 million in settlements and judgments.