|March 31, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a former employee of Sunland Center, in Marianna, Fla., for aggravated abuse of a disabled adult. While employed at Sunland, an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled, Justin Holmes, 20, antagonized a wheelchair bound resident to charge his wheelchair into Holmes. According to the investigation, Holmes then reacted by throwing the resident out of his wheelchair and onto the floor. As a result of the altercation, the resident sustained a broken neck.
Holmes faces one count of aggravated abuse of a disabled adult, a first degree felony. If convicted, Holmes faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the 14th Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case.
The Attorney General's MFCU investigates and prosecutes providers that intentionally defraud the state's Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. From January 2011 to November 2014, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $466 million in settlements and judgments.