Woman spent Medicaid money on Escalades, Ducati, officials say - FOX 35 News Orlando

Woman spent Medicaid money on Escalades, Ducati bike, authorities say

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

An Orange County woman was arrested on fraud and racketeering charges Wednesday after authorities say she spent more than $3 million in Medicaid money on luxury vehicles, jewelry and a cruise vacation.

Janie Vittini operated an office in Winter Park and owns a company called Improving Together, Inc.

Vittini asked Medicaid recipients to complete applications for services in exchange for gift cards, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office said.

According to the investigation, between 2012 and 2013, Vittini billed Medicaid more than $3 million for services that were never rendered. Instead, she spent the money to buy luxury vehicles, trips, and jewelry, including Cadillac Escalades, a Ducati Superbike, a seven-person cruise, a trip to Cozumel, Mexico, and more than $175,000 of Luis Vuitton products, investigators say.

"Defrauding the Medicaid program and using those ill-gotten funds to support a lavish lifestyle is deplorable," Bondi said in a statement.

The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement assisted Bondi's office in the arrest.

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