Assisted Living Facility Owner Arrested for Criminal Use of Personal ID Information
released on October 13, 2017
found in newsletter: October 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today arrested an Escambia County resident for criminally using someone’s personal identification information. Aisha Westbrooks, 40, is the owner of the assisted living facility House of Honor The Westbrooks Inc. According to the investigation, Westbrooks illegally used the information of an employee’s sister to hide the identity of the same employee, who is a convicted felon. Westbrooks also allegedly used this information to bill Medicaid and private pay clients for more than $15,000 in services provided by the employee, who is not eligible to work for a Medicaid provider.
This House of Honor employee, Sade Grier, used her sister’s identification and training records to qualify employment. Grier has been previously convicted of theft from a person 65 years of age or older, fraudulent use of a credit card and grand theft. Under Florida law, a person with prior felony convictions for theft is disqualified from working with the elderly or disabled, and an assisted living facility cannot employ a disqualified person. In July 2017, the MFCU and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested Grier on a lesser charge of the same crime.
According to the investigation, Westbrooks and Grier are longtime friends, and she hired her to work at the House of Honor from January 2015 through November 2015.
Westbrooks faces one count of criminal use of personal identification more than $5,000, a second-degree felony. If convicted, Westbrooks faces up to 15 years in prison. Attorney General Bondi’s Office is prosecuting this case through a special agreement with the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit.
The Florida Attorney General’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 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 $700 million in settlements and judgments. 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.
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