Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
May 18, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Manatee County Resident Arrested Again for Grand Theft and Exploitation of a Disabled Adult
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Makynen, a resident of Manatee County, for grand theft and exploitation of a disabled adult. Makynen, 30, is a former subcontractor for Side-by-Side Working Together. In February of this year, the MFCU and MCSO arrested the defendant for Medicaid fraud and grand theft related to services never rendered while subcontracted with a different at-home services provider.
As a supported living coach, Makynen assisted persons with disabilities with daily living activities. According to the MFCU investigation, Makynen collected money from a disabled adult for several months for the stated purpose of fulfilling the victim’s bi-weekly car payments, totaling more than $570. Makynen allegedly never provided the payments to the dealership, causing the victim’s car to be repossessed.
Makynen faces one count of exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult and one count of grand theft, both third-degree felonies. If convicted, Makynen faces up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the 12th Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.
For more information about Makynen’s previous arrest, click here.
The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes providers that intentionally defraud the state's Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Medicaid fraud essentially steals from Florida's taxpayers. From Jan. 2011 to the present, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $689 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. In 2017, the MFCU was awarded the Inspector General's Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste and Abuse. This award is presented annually to the nation’s top MFCU by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.