Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
December 21, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
CNA Arrested for Neglecting an Elderly Person
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office today arrested Nekeysha Cromwell, 32, a certified nursing assistant at San Jose Health and Rehabilitation Center, for neglecting an elderly resident of the facility. According to the MFCU investigation, after Cromwell ignored nurse instructions and facility protocols the victim fractured both femurs.
Cromwell is charged with one count of Neglect of an Elderly Person, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Cromwell faces up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit is prosecuting this 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 $750 million in settlements and judgments. In 2017, the MFCU was awarded the Inspector General's Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste and Abuse. This award is presented annually to the nation’s top MFCU by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.