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2009 Florida Statutes

Rewards for reporting Medicaid fraud.
Section 409.9203, Florida Statutes 2009

409.9203  Rewards for reporting Medicaid fraud.--

(1)  The Department of Law Enforcement or director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit shall, subject to availability of funds, pay a reward to a person who furnishes original information relating to and reports a violation of the state's Medicaid fraud laws, unless the person declines the reward, if the information and report:

(a)  Is made to the Office of the Attorney General, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Health, or the Department of Law Enforcement;

(b)  Relates to criminal fraud upon Medicaid funds or a criminal violation of Medicaid laws by another person; and

(c)  Leads to a recovery of a fine, penalty, or forfeiture of property.

(2)  The reward may not exceed the lesser of 25 percent of the amount recovered or $500,000 in a single case.

(3)  The reward shall be paid from the Legal Affairs Revolving Trust Fund from moneys collected pursuant to s. 68.085

(4)  A person who receives a reward pursuant to this section is not eligible to receive any funds pursuant to the Florida False Claims Act for Medicaid fraud for which a reward is received pursuant to this section.

History.--s. 20, ch. 2009-223.