Broward nurse arrested for Medicaid fraud
Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced the arrest of a Broward County nurse formerly employed by South Florida Pediatric Homecare, Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale. Samantha Prince was arrested today by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit on charges she defrauded the state Medicaid program out of more than $4,000.
Prince, 27, is a registered nurse and a resident of Pembroke Pines. Acting on information received by South Florida Pediatric Homecare, Inc., the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s investigation revealed Prince submitted more than $4,000 in false claims to the Medicaid program for services not provided during February 2009.
Prince has been charged with one count of grand theft, a third-degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted through the State Attorney’s Office for the 11th Judicial Circuit.
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I have worked at Kern Valley State Prison for over a year and have never had any problems. I was given over one hundred hours of orientation with specific instruction on how to perform my job and what was expected of me. On 08/11/2009 I was not able to perform my duties as directed. Not because of my knowledge or abilities, but my refusal to break the law and to protect my nursing license. This was my first day off of orientation and was expected to do a medication pass that was impossible to do without breaking the law. As a nurse I could not walk off the job without leaving patients in danger. Yet “borrowing” medication from other patients would also put them in danger. I attempted to speak to the supervisor and informed her of my findings. I ask the supervisor for help so that I could properly do the medication pass. She ignored my request until it was clear to her that I was not willing to borrow large amounts of medications. Only after repeated request for help I was assisted by a state licensed vocational nurse that proceeded to borrow medication from other patients in order to complete the medication pass. There were large amounts of medication missing from this medication kart. I feel my contract was ended the following day at 08:15 A.M. because I attempted to work within the law. I also feel that all the staff including the supervisor was aware of the problem but ignored it as long as the medication was passed on time. Regardless were the medication came from or who the medication was proscribed to. The large amounts of muscle relaxers missing were alarming to me and only me.
I feel I was put in a situation where it was expected of me to use one bag of medication to administer to several inmates. Before I left Kern Valley State Prison I went to the warden’s office and spoke to officer. I explained what had happened on the yard/clinic he instructed me to document and to go through the chain of command. The following morning I called the RN-supervisor and explained what had happened. She informed me that they were aware of the problem and that staff had been talked to about dispensing medication from one bag. She also informed me that pharmacy had complained about the same issue.