In March, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced she had nailed someone for Medicaid fraud.
The culprit was a 49-year-old home-health worker from dirt-poor Gadsden County, accused of bilking the state out of $13,000.
For her crime, Melissa Letica Simmons was ordered to spend six months behind bars — and repay all the money she stole from taxpayers.
Six months. For $13,000.
A few years earlier, the state accused three hospitals of bilking the Medicaid system as well … only this time, it involved millions.
Yet no one was criminally prosecuted. Or even ordered to repay all the money. Instead the hospitals settled — without admitting wrongdoing — and repay taxpayers pennies on the dollars.