The CEO and assistant CEO of the Council on Aging of Florida, Maxcine Darville and Joanne Carter, respectively, have been arrested for allegedly using more than $2.75 million of Medicaid for excessive salaries and personal expenses.
The Attorney General's Office investigated allegations that between January 2006 and March 2012 the two used Medicaid program payments to the Council on Aging of Florida to cover personal expenses such as mortgage payments, Internet service, utility bills, cell phone service and personal long distance calls.
The Council on Aging of Florida is a nursing home management company, and it is not affiliated with the Florida Council on Aging.
Attorney General Pam Bondi
"We will not allow those who are entrusted with providing legitimate Medicaid services and accurately billing the program to exploit the system," said Attorney General Pam Bondi. "We will continue to protect taxpayer dollars by investigating and prosecuting those who commit Medicaid fraud."
Darville and Carter are each charged with one first-degree felony count of organized scheme to defraud. If convicted, Darville and Carter each face up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Bondi's Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.