Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
June 22, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Two Arrested for More than $100,000 in Medicaid Fraud
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Winter Garden Police Department today arrested Anthony Handal, 59, and Sandra Mora, 46, for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $100,000. Handal, a licensed clinical social worker and Mora, a targeted case manager, are both contract employees of MTS Health Services. MTS provides applied behavior analysis and targeted case management services.
According to the MFCU investigation, Handal and Mora submitted false documents for services to Medicaid recipients that were never provided. In most cases, Mora initiated contact with recipients and families in need of services and collected Medicaid information. After gathering the required data, Handal and Mora allegedly created false documentation to support the fraudulent billing later submitted to MTS and then the Medicaid program.
Both defendants face one count of conspiracy to commit organized fraud, a third-degree felony. Handal faces an additional count of Medicaid fraud, a second-degree felony, and Mora faces an additional count of organized fraud, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Handal faces up to 20 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines. If convicted, Mora faces up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 fines. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the 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 $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. 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.