Pam Bondi: West Palm Woman Defrauded Florida Medicaid of $28K

A 62-year-old West Palm Beach woman was charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program of more than $28,000, the office of Attorney General Pam Bondi announced.

Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested Edna Iris Torres on a felony warrant on charges of grand theft and Medicaid fraud, both second-degree felonies.

Between May 2007 and February 2011, Torres allegedly submitted fake timesheets to Blessed Friends Transportation Services Inc. -- a Medicaid home and community-based services provider -- to make it appear as if she had provided services to Medicaid recipients.

The Agency for Health Care Administration paid more than $28,000 for these claims.

If convicted, Torres faces up to 30 years in prison and more than $20,000 in fines.

The case is being prosecuted by the attorney general’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.

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