Florida Office of the Attorney General issued the following announcement on Oct. 31.
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, working with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, arrested a home and community-based services provider for allegedly defrauding Medicaid. Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s MFCU, JSO deputies placed Christopher Tobey into custody on charges related to more than $20,000 in Medicaid Fraud.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This scheme exploiting vulnerable Floridians to defraud Florida’s Medicaid Program of thousands of dollars is not just unconscionable, it’s illegal. But thanks to the skillful investigative efforts by members of my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, this fraudulent operation was thwarted, and the defendant will face justice.”
After receiving a complaint from the Agency for Health Care Administration, MFCU began an investigation that revealed Tobey, owner of Lucid Star Healthcare of Florida, submitted fraudulent claims to AHCA for private duty nursing. Tobey claimed care for recipients who actually were on extended stays at hospitals.
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