Florida Group Home Manager Charged with Stealing From Medicaid for the Disabled

Florida Group Home Manager Charged with Stealing From Medicaid for the Disabled

FLORIDA: The manager of a group home for disabled adults in Florida is accused of cheating Medicaid.

Ladrica Denise Gibbs, a health care worker in Miami-Dade County, was arrested on March 29, said the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of Attorney General Ashley Moody (MFCU).

Gibbs is said to have charged Medicaid for services he never did. The investigation found that Gibbs made up claims that he had helped Medicaid recipients with companion services. This cost the state Medicaid program more than $20,000, the MFCU said in a statement.

“This defendant worked as the manager of a group home and said she also helped Medicaid recipients by being their friend.” “She put false information on service reports, which cost the taxpayer-funded program more than $20,000,” Moody said.

“My investigators who look into Medicaid fraud found this scheme, and now the person who did it will be punished.”

An investigation by MFCU found that Gibbs worked as a manager at a group home for disabled adults and gave some Medicaid recipients “life-companion” services. One of Gibbs’s alleged patients, though, is said to have said that the defendant never cared for them.

The MFCU said that the investigation found that Gibbs cost Florida Medicaid more than $20,000 between August 5, 2019, and February 10, 2022.

Gibbs is charged with one count of Medicaid provider fraud/filing a false claim for more than $10,000 but less than $50,000, which is a second-degree felony.

The case will be tried by the 11th Judicial Circuit of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.

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