Yesterday, my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested a Lake County resident, Randall Ritch, for allegedly committing more than $300,000 in Medicaid fraud. Ritch, owner of Lake County Preferred OBGYN, allegedly billed the Florida Medicaid program for services that were never rendered and used the Medicaid provider number of a physician no longer in his employment.
According to the investigation, he submitted more than 2,500 fraudulent claims to the Medicaid program. If convicted, Ritch could face a prison sentence, fine, costs and restitution.
Floridians can play an active role in combating Medicaid fraud in our state. This case is a great example of how someone who suspects Medicaid fraud can report it and ultimately help protect the integrity of this program. We opened an investigation involving Ritch after a physician contacted us and accused him of using her Medicaid provider number to bill and receive payments from the Medicaid program for services when she did not work for him.
I encourage anyone who suspects Medicaid fraud to contact our office by calling the fraud hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226), or by filing a complaint online at MyFloridaLegal.com.