Fla. woman bilked Medicaid to pay for trips

ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orange County woman is facing charges after she allegedly bilked $3 million from the state Medicaid system.

Attorney General Pam Bondi said Wednesday that authorities had arrested Janie Vittini.

Vittini, the owner of Improving Together, Inc., has been accused of billing Medicaid for mental health services that her company never provided.

Medicaid is a program that provides health care services to the poor.

Investigators accuse Vittini of using the money received from Medicaid to purchase luxury vehicles, trips and jewelry, including Cadillac Escalades, a Ducati Superbike, a seven-person Carnival cruise, a trip to Cozumel, Mexico, and more than $175,000 of Luis Vuitton products.

Vittini obtained Medicaid recipient numbers by enticing Medicaid recipients to complete applications for services in exchange for gift cards. She's charged with Medicaid fraud, racketeering, and identity theft.

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