Around the Region for Jan. 25, 2012


Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:36 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Man is charged with job fraud

A Gainesville man has been accused of fraud for collecting unemployment compensation while he was drawing a paycheck, a report states.

Shamond A. Williams., 28, of 654 Queens Road, was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with obtaining unemployment compensation by fraud.

In an affidavit, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity investigator Sheffield Anderson said Williams collected $3,345 in state unemployment between April and August 2010 while he was working for Remedy Intelligent Staffing Inc. and being paid $8,658.

— Karen Voyles

STATE

Florida got back $142M in claims

TALLAHASSEE — State health officials say they have recovered more than $142 million in erroneous and fraudulent Medicaid claims in the past year.

Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek announced the figures in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

The agencies are working together to fight Medicaid fraud. Florida’s Medicaid program is the fourth-largest in the nation and serves about 3 million people.

The agencies also saved $22.1 million in unnecessary funds by reviewing the claims before paying them and terminating certain providers. The so-called “pay and chase” system has been a problem in Medicare fraud for years.

Bondi and state health officials said they are also working on projects such as increased site visits and denying reimbursement for ineligible claims to crack down on Medicaid fraud.

— The Associated Press

Bus, FedEx truck collide in Miami

MIAMI — Authorities say more than a dozen people were injured when a Miami-Dade Transit bus and a FedEx truck collided. Miami-Dade Transit officials say that 18 people were injured and hospitalized, including the bus driver.

The agency’s spokeswoman, Karla Damian, tells The Miami Herald that the FedEx truck ran a red light in Miami and struck the bus. The truck driver was not injured.

Further details about the crash early Tuesday afternoon were not immediately available.

— The Associated Press

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