Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
February 28, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Marion County Woman Arrested for Abuse of an Elderly Person
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Ocala Police Department today arrested a Marion County woman for allegedly abusing an elderly and disabled adult. Savitri Seenanan, 46, is a former resident care aid of Hampton Manor Assisted Living Facility in Ocala.
According the MFCU investigation, Seenanan engaged in physically abusive conduct towards one of the vulnerable adults in Seenanan’s care. The defendant allegedly pinched, slapped, struck or tugged the victim on a reoccurring basis, causing bruising. Hampton Manor Assisted Living Facility terminated Seenanan’s employment.
Seenanan faces one count of abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Seenanan faces up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated this case. The State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.
The Florida Attorney General'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 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