Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
November 16, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Targeted Case Manager Found Guilty of Medicaid Fraud
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today announced the conviction of a Tallahassee targeted case manager for Medicaid fraud. Arbutas Williamson, 52, is a former employee of DS Connections, Inc., a targeted case management company headquartered in Winter Park, with offices in Clermont and Tallahassee. While employed by DS Connections, Williamson submitted fraudulent claims for unauthorized services to Florida’s Medicaid Program.
A Leon County jury found Williamson guilty of one count of Medicaid fraud. The Honorable James C. Hankinson, Circuit Judge for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, sentenced Williamson to six months in jail followed by three years of probation, and ordered Williamson to pay $3,000 in restitution and a $15,000 fine.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s investigation into DS Connections, Inc. is ongoing.
The State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida prosecuted this case.
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 $500 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program.