Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Tarpon Springs Police Department today arrested a Pasco County woman for a scheme misappropriating more than $50,000 from nursing home residents. Jill Marie Spohn, 37, is a former employee of a Hillsborough County nursing home. While employed as the manager, Spohn allegedly misappropriated the funds of two elderly residents paid in cash to the facility.
According to the MFCU investigation, to conceal the theft, Spohn manipulated the trust accounts of other residents. On a monthly basis, Spohn allegedly wrongfully diverted other residents’ money into the accounts of the two cash paying resident victims, while failing to credit cash received on behalf of the victims into the facility account.
Spohn faces one count of organized scheme to defraud, a third-degree felony, and two counts of grand theft from a person aged 65 years or older, also third-degree felonies. If convicted, Spohn faces up to 15 years in prison and more than $15,000 in fines and restitution. The State Attorney’s Office for the 13th Judicial Circuit will prosecute 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 $700 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.