Oh, Florida: AG Bondi arrests CEO of Council on Aging for Medicaid Fraud

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Two officials from the Council on Aging of Florida are under arrest, accused of spending nearly $3 million Medicaid dollars on excessive salaries and personal expenses.

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, along with the assistance of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office arrested Maxcine Darville and Joanne Carter.

Bondi’s office investigated the women for allegations over a six-year period that the women used Medicaid program payments to the Council on Aging in Florida to cover salaries and expenses, such as mortgage payments, Internet service, utility bills, cell phone service and personal long distance calls.

“We will not allow those who are entrusted with providing legitimate Medicaid services and accurately billing the program to exploit the system,” Bondi said. “We will continue to protect taxpayers’ dollars by investigating and prosecuting those who commit Medicaid fraud.”

Darville and Carter are each charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud, which is a first-degree felony.

The two could each face up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, if convicted.

The Attorney General’s Office on statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.

The Council on Aging of Florida is a nursing home management company, and it is not affiliated with the Florida Council on Aging.

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