Columbia County Woman Arrested for $160,000 In Medicaid Fraud
LAKE CITY- A woman working in a Christian school caught in an unholy mess. The woman wanted for nearly $160,000 in medicaid fraud was arrested Thursday. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested this woman from Columbia County for charging for medicaid services she did not perform.
While the woman was associated with Lake City Christian Academy, the school tells me she wasn't one of their employees. Michelle Broach started working in Lake City Christian Academy late 2007 as an occupational therapist. L.C. Bradley a school administrator says broach would rent a vacant facility on campus in order to conduct therapy for children both in and out of the academy. "It makes us feel bad that this occurred, even if it's in its alleged stage... Even the thought of it brings tears to our eyes somewhat," Bradley said.
Although Lake City Christian Academy is only open 6 hours a day Monday through Thursday and closes Fridays at noon, Broach allegedly billed the medicaid program for being in session more than 12 hours per day. Something quite impossible as she was working a second job during school hours. She billed 18 recipients at LCCA, yet worked elsewhere from 10:50am to 2:00pm that same day... Leaving her only 2 hours and 50 minutes to see the 18 patients.
Attorney Pam Bondi sent us a statement in which said, "Over-billing florida's medicaid program by billing for services that were never provided hurts the medicaid program and our taxpayers. My office is committed to cracking down on medicaid fraud, and we will aggressively prosecute this case."
Bradley also said the administration is very careful about the individuals they bring on board,"It's unfortunate the way things have turned out, but I assure you once again lake city christian academy is exonerated from all those illegal fraud things that have taken place through her services."
Broach is being charged with one count of medical fraud and one count of organized fraud. She was held at the columbia county sheriffs office and bonded out however if convicted she faces up to 45 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. This case will be prosecuted by the attorney general's office prosecution.
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