Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

October 3, 2013
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Bondi Announces Arrest of Levy County Woman for Aggravated Abuse, False Imprisonment, Neglect and Exploitation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office today arrested a Levy County resident and charged her with neglect of a disabled adult, false imprisonment, aggravated abuse, and exploitation. Allegations against Priscilla Smith Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Adult Family Care Home, include neglecting to provide a bed for residents of the home, failing to provide medical services for a resident’s wounds, restraining a disabled adult with handcuffs, willfully abusing a disabled adult and causing wounds on her wrists and permanent disfigurement, and failing to pay two disabled adult residents their required monthly personal needs allowance. Johnson’s bond was set at $205,000.

“I thank the Levy County Sheriff’s Office for partnering with us on our efforts to uncover and put an end to this deplorable conduct," stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Johnson was arrested after a collaborative investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. The aggravated abuse charge is a first-degree felony, and all other charges against Johnson are third-degree felonies. If convicted, Johnson could face 60 years in prison and $40,000 in fines. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit.