The Florida Attorney General’s office announced this week the arrest of Donna Michelle Smith, a Levy County resident, who is being charged with Medicaid fraud. Smith was a service provider enrolled through the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities to provide personal care assistance, companion care and respite services to Medicaid recipients.
“Under state law, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit exercises its special authority to protect the Floridians who rely upon the Medicaid program and the taxpayers’ money that funds the program,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
After receiving a citizen complaint, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated Smith for falsely reporting hours worked and receiving payments from the Medicaid program for those hours. She was allegedly responsible for billing nearly $5,000 for claims submitted to Medicaid, which included falsified hours where an APD patient was hospitalized and unable to receive care from Smith. She is charged with one count of third degree Medicaid Fraud. If convicted Smith faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.