Activists meet with Orlando Medicaid fraud victims

4 arrested in Medicaid fraud exploiting homeless

Local 6 News at 5:30p
Local 6 News at 5:30p

ORLANDO, Fla. – Local activists are meeting with victims of a Medicaid fraud scheme that investigators say used homeless people in Central Florida to pose as patients.

According to the report from the attorney general's office, Christina Benson, owner of Tranquility Healthcare Solutions in Orlando, billed Medicaid for services for homeless men and women who were recruited by her associates to pose as patients.

The company was also accused of billing Medicaid for services not provided or warranted and using untrained personnel, including some who had criminal records.

The meeting was held Monday afternoon at Intown Suites on Lee Road, where the victims were living in and having their housing paid for as part of the fraud scheme.

Officials said the people were offered gas cards and temporary housing for them to seek services at Tranquility Healthcare Solutions for psychosocial rehabilitation services that were never provided. The company then worked with local doctor Sabiha Khan, who claimed to be a treating provider, but recipients said they never met Khan.

Benson was arrested in Georgia on charges of Medicaid provider fraud and organized scheme to defraud. Khan and Demetrious Davis were arrested in Florida on charges of medicaid provider fraud and organized scheme to defraud. Harold Harrison arrested in North Carolina on charges of Medicaid provider fraud and organized scheme to defraud. 

InTowne Suites on Lee Road is offering assistance to the families until the end of the week.

The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness says they are working to help the families through the week as they do case management with Orange County government to make sure the families get into a home and new programs.

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