Case of Medicaid Abuse and Fraud Unfolds With Fifth Arrest
The allegations of abuse and fraud of the two local group homes is being investigated at the top. The State's Attorney General Bill McCollum spoke to WCJB TV20 and says the criminal investigation isn't over yet.
26-year-old Martello Brown was arrested on Thursday for allegedly striking a disabled person so violently his victim fell to the floor. Brown falls in line with a growing list of employees at group homes: "Elevations" and "Potential Possibilities" to be charged with abuse.
To date owner of the homes, Minister Janice Phillips of Latter Rain Ministries has yet to be arrested in connection with the medicaid fraud and abuse case under investigation. She was however, arrested for resisting officers as a search warrant was being served by the AG's office.
McCollum says his office is aggressively going after scams where services are not provided.
According to the "Agency for Persons with Disabilities" on average a group home can receive $55,000 for the care of clients.
"But then, there's the physical," said McCollum. "There's the abuse that's in the these nursing homes, assisted living group homes, like Elevations and in those cases everybody should care because seniors are being harmed. One of the allegation is a person's head was hit against the wall."
Brown is charged with a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. He and Robert Reed remain in the Alachua County Jail. Brown with a $100,000 bond and Reed is there on 3 active cases with 2 bonds of $50,000 dollars. The other three have been released on bond.
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