Thursday, April 22, 2010
Orange County Woman Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid Program Out of More Than $84,000
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that an Orange County woman is in custody after she allegedly defrauded the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $84,000. Xiomara A. Honor, owner of Morning Star Ministries of Central Florida, Inc., was arrested today by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit received a complaint from the Agency for Health Care Administration alleging that Honor, 47, billed the Medicaid program for services that were allegedly not provided. Honor also purportedly employed caregivers who did not meet the necessary guidelines to provide services to Medicaid recipients.
Honor will be charged with one count Medicaid Fraud, a third-degree felony. She is currently being held in the Orange County jail and if convicted, faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.