Miami-Dade Couple Busted for $200,000 Medicaid Fraud

A Miami-Dade husband and wife, both licensed occupational therapists, were arrested on charges they defrauded the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $200,000.
Investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit after receiving information from the Agency for Health Care Administration.
The investigation discovered that the Sanfords allegedly billed Medicaid for providing two or three different types of services during the same 15 minutes of face-to-face therapy, although Medicaid can only reimburse for one treatment. A number of the children who were subjected to these therapies were under the age of ten and several of them are disabled. The Sanfords’ facility, also known as Fit for Kids, is located in North Miami Beach.
The Sanfords are each charged with grand theft and organized scheme to defraud, both first-degree felonies. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Additionally, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit seized funds from several bank accounts controlled by the Sanfords pursuant to the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. The Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case.