Mental Health Counselor Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid
released on October 12, 2017
found in newsletter: October 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department arrested a mental health counselor for defrauding the Medicaid program. According to the investigation, Alicia Camille Latty, 33, fraudulently submitted progress notes for services never provided to several Medicaid recipients. Latty allegedly used those progress notes to fraudulently bill the Medicaid program.
Latty faces one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of grand theft, both third-degree felonies. If convicted, Latty faces up to 10 years in prison. The State Attorney’s Office for the 19th Judicial Circuit is prosecuting this case.
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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