FL Assisted Living Facility Owner Arrested on Medicaid Fraud Charges

FL Assisted Living Facility Owner Arrested on Medicaid Fraud Charges

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FL Attorney General Press Release TALLAHASSEE - Attorney General Charlie Crist today announced the arrest of the owner of two Volusia County assisted living facilities on criminal charges of defrauding the state’s Medicaid program of more than $69,000. The Attorney General’s Office also filed a separate civil action against Vidya Bhoolai, 42, of Holly Hill, seeking more than $800,000 in damages for numerous violations of Florida’s False Claims Act. Bhoolai is the owner of Radiant Star Manor and Rising Sun Manor, both of which are assisted living facilities. According to an investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Bhoolai allegedly filed claims for 25 Medicaid recipients who either never resided in her facilities or resided there for fewer days than she reported when seeking Medicaid reimbursements. This improper billing defrauded the program of $69,145. Bhoolai faces criminal charges for 26 counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of scheme to defraud. The separate civil lawsuit alleges that Bhoolai submitted more than 300 false claims to Medicaid. The lawsuit seeks triple damages, plus $10,000 for each claim falsely submitted, for a total of more than $800,000.