Marcus Lloyd Anderson operated assisted living centers for mental health patients in Florida. Anderson has been indicted for misusing the identities of former employees to defraud the government of nearly $1.27 million in Medicaid money. He faces seven counts of health care fraud and six counts of identity fraud. Anderson was supposed to use the money for counseling and psychiatric services to his residents.
Last year, St. Petersburg police shut down two of the homes Anderson ran under the company Tampa Bay Behavioral Health Centers.
A police officer came across a resident on the front porch at one of the homes who told him about squalid conditions there and invited him inside to see for himself, police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said.
Police investigated and found “deplorable conditions” at both homes, including mattresses on the floor and no food for residents. One home had open sewage in it. Residents at both homes went without running water for three days.
Nine residents were removed and the homes were deemed uninhabitable.
According to the indictment, Anderson submitted the fraudulent claims in January, February and April 2016, and January 2018. He submitted them using the identities of two psychiatrists and one licensed mental health counselor.
One of the psychiatrists worked for Anderson from late 2014 to April 2015. The other worked for him from February 2015 to June 2017. The counselor started in November 2014 and left in June 2015.
Anderson directed others to help him hide the fraud, the indictment says. The total amount of fraudulent payments reached at least $1.27 million.