Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
April 1, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Florida Doctor Arrested for Prescribing and Selling Medically Unnecessary Controlled Substances
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the State Attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit, today announced the arrest of a Polk County doctor for Medicaid Fraud. Gregory Gooden allegedly sold prescriptions for controlled substances not medically necessary.
According to the investigation, Gooden sold prescriptions for controlled substances, such as hydrocodone, to non-patients, without performing any medical examinations. Gooden allegedly sold the prescriptions outside of his regular practice to Medicaid recipients who then filled the prescriptions using their Medicaid benefits.
Gooden faces one count of Medicaid provider fraud and one count of organized scheme to defraud, both third-degree felonies. If convicted, Gooden faces up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.
Attorney General Bondi’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 fraud involving providers that intentionally defraud the state's Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Medicaid fraud essentially steals from Florida's taxpayers. From January 2011 to now, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgment.