Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
September 6, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Escambia County Resident Arrested for Exploitation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a woman for exploiting an elderly person. According to a MFCU investigation, Escambia County resident Sonya Sharika Blocker, 44, stole thousands of dollars from an elderly victim residing in a nursing home. Acting on a referral by Department of Children and Families, MFCU investigators worked with the Social Security Administration and discovered that Blocker stole more than $17,000 from the victim.
Blocker faces one count of exploitation of an elderly person, second-degree felony. If convicted, Blocker faces up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. The Florida Attorney General’s Office will prosecute the case through an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office in the First Judicial Circuit.
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 $700 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.