|April 10, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that a Putnam County woman has been arrested on 14 charges relating to stealing more than $20,000 from 13 disabled adults. Tammi Marie Carnes owned O’Carroll Homes, Inc., group homes for disabled adults, where she allegedly stole the money from its residents. According to the investigation, Carnes used these stolen funds for personal expenses, such as credit card debt and gift cards. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested her, with assistance from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, for one count of organized scheme to defraud, a second-degree felony, and thirteen counts of exploitation of a disabled adult, third-degree felonies. If convicted on all counts, Carnes faces up to 80 years in prison and $75,000 in fines. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Seventh Judicial Circuit.
“Stealing money from people with disabilities is not only morally reprehensible, but also it is illegal. My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has arrested this woman, and she now faces significant prison time,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
O’Carroll Homes Inc. was closed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in April of 2011.