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Daphne Campbell faces Medicaid-fraud investigation (with video)

Months after Florida lawmaker Daphne Campbell promised to crack down on Medicaid fraud, state agents are now carrying out her pledge by focusing on an unexpected target: Campbell’s own health-care business.

The state attorney general’s office is tracing hundreds of thousands in payments by the state to group home companies that were run by Campbell and her husband, according to sources close to the investigation.

Investigators have gathered dozens of financial records from former owners whose facilities were managed by the couple to determine if the money was properly spent over the past four years.

Neither Campbell, 54, a Democrat whose House district covers northeast Miami-Dade, or Hubert Campbell, 46, who was convicted in a mortgage fraud case in 2007, would respond to interview requests.

The probe comes weeks after the arrest of the couple’s 28-year-old son, Gregory Campbell, in a separate Medicaid fraud case. He is accused of falsely billing the state for nearly $300,000 and has pleaded not guilty.

The most recent investigation is among a dozen being carried out by Medicaid fraud units across the state, but it is the only one involving someone directly tied to legislation affecting long-term care in Florida. Every year, the state spends millions of dollars to support people with disabilities and mental illness living in special homes.

The investigation follows years of disputes between the Campbells and the state over conditions in their group homes, including the state’s decision to stop funding the homes in 2006 after a woman with mental illness was raped and three others abruptly died in one of the facilities.

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Maria Alvares

Amazing, this woman is such an embarrassment to the people of Florida, Thank you Miami Herald for during your job on keeping us the public inform and the public official honest. Please follow this woman until she is locked away with her son. This is another prime reason why people hate politician unfortunately this fool is a crook. She is soooo unprofessional I cant Imagine anyone who would Vote for her?????

dnvm

Cambell's not the only one....just look at Florida Governor Rick Scott, still being investigated by the federal government for the largest Medicaid fraud in recent memory. If Cambell goes, Scott should go too, preferably before Campbell...the sooner, the better.

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Papi_Chulo

Many of us in North Miami were unaware of then Candidate Campbell's Outrageous Behavior & Background prior to the 2010 election. Believe me, she is going to be a One-Termer with all this Dirty Laundry News. Enjoy your present Term Rep Campbell as there will NOT be another. Thanks to New Times who ran the story first last Novemer (2010)and now the Herald. Many Thanks for keeping the Voters informed !

Will_Saint-Jean

Whoever agree with this video and the man with the camera is clearly stupid ignorant and dumb. Daphne Campbell has not only helped the constituents for district 108 but has also brought money, government aide, and help to a community where representatives from previous years has not done anything for the people. God finally placed a person to help us out and time after time she is charged with false allegations like this crap. Daphne Campbell has provided the community with the support we been looking for and we are blessed for her presence. If you DO NOT LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY, LEAVE OUR REPRESENTATIVE ALONE. Medicaid fraud.....when i looked up her medicaid agency it strictly says she deals only with medicare. This allegation is made up and whenever good politicians like Daphne Campbell take office other politicians create false crap to take down those who really want to make a difference in the community so they could misuse their power to fatten there pockets. Whoever videotaped this needs to be SHOT because from what I saw she clearly did nothing wrong. If she did do something wrong right... why is there only one cameraman. Think about it... this idiot is clearly sent by someone. Thank You Daphne for all you done and may god continue to bless you as you continue to better our community

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