Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


March 7, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Certified Nursing Assistant Arrested for Abuse of a Disabled Adult

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Baker County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a certified nursing assistant for abuse of a disabled adult. Emily S. Martin, 21, is a Baker County resident formerly employed as a CNA at Northeast Florida State Hospital. According to the MFCU investigation, Martin grabbed and shoved a disabled patient at Northeast Florida State Hospital in a forceful manner, inflicting physical harm on the victim.

Martin faces one count of abuse of a disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Martin 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 Eighth 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.