Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
February 15, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Florida Woman Arrested Three Times in Six Months
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced the arrest of a Walton County resident for the third time in six months on charges related to Medicaid fraud. While at a court hearing Friday for charges related to previous Medicaid fraud investigations, Megan Sanai, 31, was arrested on new charges.
The charges, grand theft and falsifying records, follow an investigation by Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. According to MFCU’s latest investigation, Sanai stole more than $11,000 from the Social Security Administration and falsified vital statistics records.
MFCU first arrested Sanai in August of 2015, for exploitation of a Florida senior citizen. Sanai allegedly purchased goods with the private funds of an elderly adult, whom Sanai knew to be mentally incapable of making legal and financial decisions. In December, MFCU arrested Sanai again, for withdrawing more than $2,000 from the same victim’s private bank account.
The investigation into the alleged exploitation uncovered the evidence leading to Sanai’s third arrest since August.
The defendant faces the following charges:
· One count of grand theft more than $10,000, a third-degree felony;
Sanai’s bond in the exploitation cases is revoked. If convicted on all counts, Sanai faces up to 20 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of Special Agent Mervyn Miller of the Social Security Administration, investigated the cases. The State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit is prosecuting the defendant on all three cases.
· One count of falsifying vital statistics records, a third-degree felony; and
· Two counts of exploitation, both third-degree felonies.
For more information on Sanai’s previous arrests, click here and here.
Attorney General Bondi’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 fraud involving providers that intentionally defraud the state's Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Medicaid fraud essentially steals from Florida's taxpayers. From January 2011 to now, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgments.