Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
February 24, 2011
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Citrus County Occupational Therapy Assistant Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid of more than $450,000
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that as part of a national strike force takedown, in conjunction with federal law enforcement, a Citrus County occupational therapy assistant is in custody for allegedly defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $450,000. Patrick Timothy Crisler was arrested by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Special Agents with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with assistance from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. Crisler was the President of the occupational therapy business Active Life Rehab Inc. located in Inverness.
“Those who commit Medicaid fraud steal critical health care dollars from our citizens who actually need medical services,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue aggressively pursuing perpetrators to protect these taxpayer-funded resources.”
Medicaid Fraud investigators and federal agents discovered that the defendant billed the Medicaid program for unsupervised occupational and physical therapy with Medicaid recipients, in direct violation of Federal law, Florida Department of Health regulations and Medicaid program rules. For approximately five years, Active Life Rehab Inc., continued to bill fraudulent claims to the Medicaid program for these services in the amount of $1,281,000 and subsequently was paid more than $450,000 in Medicaid reimbursements for these fraudulent claims.
Patrick Crisler was charged with Health Care Fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1347. The case is being prosecuted by Unites States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. If convicted, he could be fined and face up to 10 years in prison. The case is being prosecuted by Unites States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.