Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


April 15, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Dentist Arrested After Billing Medicaid for Deceased Recipients

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today announced the arrest of a Broward County dentist for allegedly billing the Medicaid program more than $14,000 for services not rendered. Dr. Marino F. Vigna, 49, allegedly billed Medicaid for dentures that recipients never received and for tooth extractions Vigna never performed.

According to the investigation, Vigna billed for services performed at times he vacationed out of the country and on days he closed his dental office. Additionally, Vigna allegedly billed for services provided to recipients at a time after the recipients passed away.

Vigna faces one count of grand theft, a third degree felony. If convicted, Vigna faces up to five years in prison, fines and restitution. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the case.

The Attorney General's 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 $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.