Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Marcus Lloyd Anderson (36, St. Petersburg) to one year and a day in federal prison for health care fraud. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in of $323,248, which were the proceeds of the offense.
Anderson had pleaded guilty on April 30, 2020.
According to court documents, Anderson submitted bogus claims to the Florida Medicaid program and related managed care organizations for services that were never provided to patients. Anderson falsely claimed that patients had received counseling at his treatment facility when, as he knew, they were not there. In fact, some patients were hospitalized or placed in assisted living facilities elsewhere when Anderson lied, claiming they were in his care. Anderson also stole and misused the billing credentials of multiple doctors by billing for services he claimed they had rendered to patients at his facility, when those doctors had left his employment many months before. By lying about the services rendered and misusing billing credentials, Anderson stole more than $300,000 from these programs.
“Stealing from Medicaid, a taxpayer-funded safety net program, is a reprehensible crime that diverts funds intended to serve some of the most vulnerable individuals in our country,” said Special Agent in Charge Omar Pérez Aybar of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. “Such greed-fueled scams will not be tolerated. Thanks to our hardworking investigators and our law enforcement partners, fraudsters are being held accountable for engaging in these illicit activities.”
“We are thankful that this matter has been resolved and Mr. Anderson is being held accountable for his actions,” said Anthony Holloway, Chief of St. Petersburg Police. “We appreciate our partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and their continued commitment to seek justice for those who are victimized by schemes to defraud.”
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This fraudster misused billing credentials of physicians and charged the government for services not rendered to steal from taxpayers. Thankfully, our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators, working with federal authorities, uncovered the scheme and now, this fraudster will serve time in a federal prison.”
The case was investigated by Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, the Florida Office of Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen A. Fiore.