As our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers reported recently on our Florida Criminal Lawyer Blog, authorities are also looking to crack down on pain clinics and so called pill mills in Broward and elsewhere in South Florida.
In this case, the owner of a Fort Lauderdale assisted living facility was arrested by the Plantation Police Department. She is accused of defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $100,000 by billing the program for individuals who did not reside at the facility. The facility had been licensed to provide for the care of up to six elderly people or disabled adults.
She is charged with one count of grand theft and one count of Medicaid fraud and faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
National reports show South Florida is the epicenter of heath care fraud and pain clinics or so-called pill mills. Gov. Scott recently announced a statewide crackdown on providers, however the governor has refused to back a database that would flag patients who are doctor shopping or otherwise abusing the system. As a result, medical professionals can find themselves facing criminal charges — which can be devastating and even result in the revocation or your professional license.
“The numbers plainly show that Florida has a serious problem that demands a serious, coordinated law enforcement response,” Governor Scott stated. “Florida’s future is threatened by crimes involving drugs, and our local sheriffs and chiefs simply cannot continue to tackle this mounting issue alone.”
Ninety-eight of the top 100 doctors dispensing oxycodone are in Florida, particularly in the Miami, Tampa and Orlando regions. More than 125 million oxycodone pills pass through Florida pharmacies. Florida dispenses more oxycodone than all other states combined.
If you are facing criminal charges in Broward or Palm Beach counties, contact the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert, a Partnership of Former Prosecutors, for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1.888.5.DEFEND.