Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


August 19, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Okaloosa County Resident Arrested for Exploitation of the Elderly

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office this week arrested an Okaloosa County woman, Megan Sanai, 31, for exploitation of the elderly. According to the investigation, Sanai knowingly purchased goods with the private funds of an elderly adult that was mentally incapable of making legal and financial decisions.

Sanai is charged with one count of exploitation, a third degree felony. If convicted, Sanai faces up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case and the Office of the State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, William “Bill” Eddins, 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 August 2015, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $495 million in settlements and judgments.