Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

February 29, 2012
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Bondi’s Office Arrests Home Health Aide for Defrauding Medicaid out of More Than $35,000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that a Broward county resident is in custody after being charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $35,000. Clifford Edouard, 53, a home health aide for National Nursing Pool, Inc. in Miramar, was arrested today on a felony warrant by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

The investigation revealed that not only was Edouard submitting fraudulent records to make it appear that he was providing services, but also he claimed to provide services to his daughter. Both practices are illegal. A review of records by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed that between July 2009 and September 2011, National Nursing Pool, Inc., was paid more than $35,000 by the Agency for Health Care Administration for these fraudulent claims.

Edouard is charged with grand theft and Medicaid fraud, both second-degree felonies. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and more than $175,000 in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.