Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
December 21, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
en Español Print Icon Print Version

Lee County Man Arrested for Exploitation of an Elderly Person

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the East District SET Team with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of a Lee County man for exploitation of an elderly person.
According to the investigation, Ryan Todd Powers, 40, unlawfully obtained funds from an elderly relative suffering from physical limitations who resides in a nursing home.

In order to manage his relative’s affairs, Powers obtained a durable power of attorney on behalf of the victim. Using the power of attorney, Powers allegedly misappropriated the victim’s funds and property for purposes other than for his relative’s benefit.

Powers faces two counts of exploitation of an elderly person, less than $10,000, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Powers faces up to 10 years in prison and more than $10,000 in fines and restitution. The State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.

The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. Additionally, the MFCU investigates and prosecutes providers that intentionally defraud the state's Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Medicaid fraud essentially steals from Florida's taxpayers. From Jan. 2011 to the present, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgments.