MEDICAIDE FRAUD LINKED TO PROBATE
PUBLISHED 2:28 PM EDT Aug. 15, 2019
ORLANDO, Fla. — One of the multiple state investigations into an embattled former professional guardian is now focused on possible Medicaid fraud, Spectrum News 13 confirms.
- Medicaid fraud investigation began in 2018
- AG’s office says Rebecca Fierle a major focus as of July
- Fierle is the focus of several investigations
- COMPLETE COVERAGE: The Rebecca Fierle Case Explained
The Florida Attorney General’s Office says its Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s investigation into a health care facility has now turned its focus on Rebecca Fierle.
The unit was investigating complaints of financial exploitation of a combat veteran in October 2018. But as the investigation progressed, the focus began to shift.
A spokesperson with the AG’s office says that, as of early July, Fierle was now a major focus of the investigation into Medicaid fraud and financial exploitation.
This investigation is separate from other investigations into Fierle’s actions as a guardian, overseeing the care and finances of hundreds of seniors in 13 Florida counties.
She has since been removed or resigned from all of those cases.
In July, a judge for the Ninth Circuit in Orange and Osceola counties accused Fierle of abusing her powers.
Fierle is the subject of criminal investigations by Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the AG’s office.
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