Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
May 3, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Former Leon County Home Care Provider Arrested
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today announced the arrest of a former Hopewell Home Health employee for alleged fraud. According to a joint investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Charlie Jenkins, 38, defrauded Medicaid during a nine-month period by submitting records with forged recipient signatures for services that Jenkins never performed.
Jenkins faces 207 felony counts, including forgery, uttering a forged document, exploitation of the elderly, grand theft, organized fraud, fraudulent use of personal identification information of a victim 60 years of age or older and Medicaid provider fraud. The State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.
The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 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 $689 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.