Behavioral health hospital worker arrested for abusing disabled adult
TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with assistance from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of a former mental health technician for abusing an adult disabled. Shauney Rashaun Wilson is said to have suffered physical abuse and injury to a disabled adult while under Wilson’s care and supervision as an inpatient at Wekiva Springs Hospital.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said: “The violent behavior of this healthcare professional is extremely disturbing. My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will hold this defendant accountable for his crimes against a helpless patient in his care. “
According to the investigation, Wilson worked as a mental health technician for Wekiva Springs, a licensed hospital that provides behavioral health and addiction treatment to adults and the elderly. On November 30, 2020, Wilson allegedly tackled a disabled adult in the patient’s room and on the floor. The next morning, in another confrontation, Wilson hit the same disabled adult in the head several times with a fist. A nurse heard screams and then saw Wilson come out of the disabled adult’s room, observing Wilson’s clenched fists and swollen knuckles. The nurse found the disabled adult moaning in pain and observed blood inside the room. An ambulance transported the disabled adult to a general hospital for treatment for an abrasion and bruised forehead. Further investigation revealed that surveillance systems at Wekiva Springs were capturing both incidents on camera. Wekiva Springs subsequently terminated Wilson for the abusive actions.
Wilson is charged with two counts of abuse of a disabled adult, a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The Attorney General’s MTCU will pursue the case under an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit.
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The Florida Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes providers who intentionally defraud the state’s Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Medicaid fraud essentially robs Florida taxpayers. From January 2019 to present, Attorney General Moody’s MFCU has secured over $ 74 million in settlements and judgments.
The Florida MTCU is funded by a grant totaling $ 27,734,297 for federal fiscal year 2022, from the Office of the Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The federal share of these funds is 75% for a total of $ 20,800,724. The state’s matching share of these funds is 25% for a total of $ 6,933,573 and is funded by Florida.