Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
Ovalles is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud more than $50,000, a first degree felony. If convicted, Ovalles faces up to 30 years in prison and more than $900,000 in fines and restitution. The State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida will prosecute the case. Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s investigation is ongoing.
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