Attorney General Bill McCollum News Release
October 25, 2010
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Brevard County Woman Arrested for Medicaid Fraud
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that a Brevard County woman was arrested on charges of Medicaid Fraud. Leauntie Shunina Cole, 26, a caregiver to the developmentally disabled by A+Home-Aid, Inc., was arrested on charges she submitted service logs to A+Home-Aid, Inc. for services never provided. Cole was arrested this morning by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
The arrest resulted from an investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, acting on information received from A+Home-Aid, Inc., regarding fraudulent billing and service notes. The investigation revealed that Cole provided personal care assistance services for Medicaid Waiver recipients. Cole presented falsified service logs to her employer, for re-imbursement for services that were never performed.
Cole is charged with one count of Medicaid Provider Fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Cole will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in Brevard County.