Moody Announces Therapist Arrested for Falsifying Medicaid Reports, Stealing Thousands

June 1, 2022 Updated 8:34 AM ET

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June 1, 2022 Updated 8:31 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) –  Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested a respiratory therapist who falsified documentation for four months to bill Medicaid out of more than $4,000. 

The fraud unit, along with Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Desiree Maddox on one count of Medicaid provider fraud. 

Maddox worked for a home health care agency called EZ Inspiration. She provided respiratory therapy to a child medicaid recipient and submitted timesheets for services she never provided. 

“The defendant stopped providing respiratory therapy services to a child Medicaid recipient, despite the patient’s ongoing need for treatment, and continued to bill for services not rendered. This is unacceptable and I am thankful for my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit stopping this fraud,” Moody said. 

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Investigators learned that the child of the family receiving services thought Maddox’s services had been terminated. However, Maddox continued to submit timesheets and service notes to EZ Inspirations for four months after not providing therapy.

Maddox faces one count of Medicaid provider fraud, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The State Attorney’s Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.

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