Friday, May 20, 2011

Another reason why we can't cut government spending . . .

Gregory Campbell, the son of Democratic state Rep. Daphne Campbell, has been snared in a $299,000 Medicaid scheme in which he is accused of fraudulently billing the agency for clients he didn’t provide any services for.

The charges include grand theft, organized fraud, and Medicaid fraud, all first-degree felonies.

Campbell, 28, allegedly billed Medicaid for the same recipients at two separate adult family care homes in Miami-Dade, and also billed for clients who never lived at either facility, according to the arrest affidavit filed in Miami-Dade court by the Florida Attorney General’s office.

He split part of his take with Percival Wignall, the owner of Sunnyman Retirement Home, 61 NE 211 Street, Miami. The other home, Denian Adult Home, was located at 1835 NW 185th Street, Miami Gardens. It was owned by Cebert George Williams, who shut it down in 2005 and moved to Port St. Lucie but kept the nursing home license.

The two-year investigation by the state Medicaid Fraud Control unit uncovered $299,000 in fraudulent claims paid by the state Agency for Health Care Administration. Medicaid, jointly funded by the state and federal government, is a $20 billion program serving more than 3 million low-income adults and children in Florida.

Campbell was arrested May 12 and is being held in the Miami-Dade County jail.

When reached by telephone about her son’s arrest, Daphne Campbell declined comment.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/19/2225075/state-lawmakers-son-charged-with.html

This is why we can't cut government spending - - the families of too many government officials make their livings as contractors or employees of government programs!