Orlando woman arrested in $3 million Medicaid fraud
Updated On: Mar 27 2013 07:03:02 PM EDT
An Orlando woman filed more than $3 million in bogus claims to Medicaid, and used the money to live a lavish lifestyle, according to authorities.
Janie Vittini, 29, ran the Medicaid fraud scheme from her Winter Park business, Improving Together Inc., on Aloma Avenue, investigators said.
"She enticed, allegedly, Medicaid recipients, by giving them gift cards, in order to maintain Medicaid receipts," said Florida Attorney-General Pam Bondi.
According to investigators, Vittini used the money to buy seven luxury vehicles, two homes, cruises, and $175,000 worth of Louis Vuitton goods.
Vittini was arrested at her condo at the Vue in downtown Orlando.
Agents seized three Cadillac Escalades and a Ducati Superbike.
Vittini's rapid spending is what raised a red flag to investigators, who started looking into her business at the end of January. However, Vittini's scheme started last year, according to authorities.
"The billing goes from here to Tallahassee, unless someone is on guard up there, which they do their best to catch it, you sign a document you send it to Tallahassee, it's sort of a good faith system involved, and she just continued doing it" said Jim Varnado, Director of Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Local, state, and federal law enforcement officers are still investigating and more arrests may follow.