Moody: Health Aide Refused to Provide Services to Patient With Disability, Sat in Car Outside Home Instead

June 14, 2022 Updated 5:01 PM ET

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June 14, 2022  Updated 3:53 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a home health aide employee was arrested for lying about providing services to a medicaid recipient for five weeks, when instead she sat in a car outside the patient’s home.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested Diane Johnson for not providing any services to an adult with disabilities who is a Medicaid recipient. 

The patient’s home became a mess because the patient could not care and clean the house due to the disability. 

“Not only did this home health aide employee rip off a taxpayer-funded program, but she also withheld services from a patient in need of care,” Moody said. “My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit uncovered these crimes, and now the suspect in this case will have to answer for her decisions not to provide care.”

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The investigation began when a social worker visited the house of the patient and found Johnson sitting in the car outside. The social worker called Tamba Momorie, the owner of Tambolina Services Inc., the home and community-based service provider company that employed Johnson. 

Momorie drove to the home and found Johnson sitting in the car. After confronting Johnson, Momorie claimed that Johnson violently cursed and fled the scene and never returned—stealing the tablet the company provided.

Johnson faces one count of Medicaid fraud, a third-degree felony, and one count of grand theft, also a third-degree felony. If convicted, Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison and more than $25,000 in fines.

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