Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

June 4, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Indian River County Certified Nursing Assistant Arrested for Battery of a Senior Citizen

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sebastian resident Lawrence Michael Frazier, 52, for battery of a senior citizen. The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's Patient Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (PANE) team began the investigation after receiving information from the Florida Department of Children and Families. Frazier was employed as a certified nursing assistant by Clare Bridge of Vero Beach, an Alzheimer and dementia care facility for seniors. The investigation revealed that a co-worker allegedly observed Frazier striking an 87-year-old resident in the face.

Frazier is charged with one count of battery on a person over 65 years of age, a third degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates fraud relating to the Medicaid system, as well as abuse and neglect of elderly and disabled patients in order to ensure that efficient and effective health care is being provided.