Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
June 11, 2014
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Arrests Unlicensed Mental Health Counselor for Medicaid Fraud
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Palm Beach County man Richard Robert Day, 70, following allegations that he practiced mental health counseling without a valid license and defrauded the Medicaid program. According to the investigation, Day was employed by Brevard County nursing home MTS Health Services, LLC, where he forged a mental health counseling license to secure employment. As an unlicensed counselor, Day caused fraudulent billings of more than $9,000 to the Medicaid program.
The Florida Department of Health permanently revoked Richard Day’s license in 2010 after an investigation revealed that Day did not disclose prior out-of-state felony convictions, including one for sexual battery on a former patient, and, therefore, did not meet licensure requirements.
Day faces charges of Medicaid fraud and practicing mental health counseling without a license, both third degree felonies. If convicted, he faces up to 11 years in prison and $11,000 in fines. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case.