Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


March 31, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Former Home Healthcare Employee Arrested for Medicaid Fraud

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Daytona Police Department today arrested a Flagler County resident for more than $2,000 in Medicaid fraud. Ruth Sylvester Marsh, 56, is a former provider of homemaker and in home support services. According to the MFCU investigation, Marsh submitted service logs for services not provided. Marsh allegedly billed for services performed at times the recipient traveled out of town or was with family. Additionally, Marsh’s service logs reflect some of the same dates and times Marsh worked at a school as a teacher’s aide.

Marsh is charged with one count of Medicaid provider fraud, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Marsh faces up to five years in prison, fines and restitution. The Attorney General’s Office will prosecute this case through an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office for the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

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.