Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
September 8, 2011
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Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office Arrests Owner of Hialeah Therapy Center for Defrauding Medicaid Out of More Than $1.1 Million
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that a Miami-Dade county resident is in custody after being charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $1.1 million by filing fraudulent claims. Ruth Reveron, 49, of Miami Lakes, was arrested yesterday on a felony warrant by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
“Medicaid fraud jeopardizes the well-being of many Floridians who depend on the program,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “My office will continue to crack down on those defrauding the Medicaid program in order to protect taxpayers and citizens in need of health care assistance.”
Investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, acting on information from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, discovered that Reveron, owner of T & R Rehab and Diagnostic Center, Inc., was purportedly using therapists’ provider numbers to forge patients’ evaluations and progress notes. Reveron then allegedly filed these fraudulent claims with Florida’s Medicaid Program. A review of patient records and other documents by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed that between September 2006 and December 2009, T & R was paid more than $1.1 million by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for these fraudulent claims.
Reveron is charged with Medicaid fraud and grand theft, both first-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces up to 60 years in prison and more than $5 million in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.