|September 25, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department today arrested Mildred Lucia Madrid, 51, and Maritza Isabel Alvarez, 47, for allegedly defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $38,000. According to the investigation, Madrid and Alvarez falsified documents to Medicaid stating that Alvarez was the caregiver of Madrid’s son and that Alvarez performed more hours of service than actually rendered. Madrid and Alvarez allegedly concealed the fact that they were sisters, which would prohibit payment to Alvarez.
The defendants each face charges of one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of grand theft, both second-degree felonies. If convicted, they each face up to 30 years in prison, more than $190,000 in fines, and restitution. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
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 Jan. 2011 to Aug. 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.