Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
February 14, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Duval County Nursing Assistant Arrested for Neglect

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office today arrested a certified nursing assistant for neglect of an elderly and disabled patient. Renita D. Wilson, 48, is a Duval County resident formerly employed as a CNA at Terrace of Jacksonville LLC, a skilled nursing facility. According to the MFCU investigation, Wilson failed to provide care, supervision and services necessary for the well-being of the patient, and failed to make a reasonable effort to protect the patient from further neglect.

Wilson allegedly left a total care patient unattended on the edge of the bed with the side rail down. When Wilson returned minutes later, she found the patient on the floor and placed the victim back in the bed. More than an hour later, a registered nurse entered the room to administer medication and found the victim allegedly on the bed with a bleeding hematoma on the head and Wilson’s bloody badge on the floor. The paramedics who responded, received very little information about how the victim sustained the injuries.

Wilson faces one count of neglect of an elderly person or a disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Wilson faces up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case and the State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case.

The Florida Attorney General'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 providers that intentionally defraud the state's Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Medicaid fraud essentially steals from Florida's taxpayers. From Jan. 2011 to the present, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgments.