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Assisted living facility owner arrested for illegal use of personal ID information

Photo: Aisha Westbrooks Source: Escambia County Jail

On Friday, Oct. 13th Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) arrested an Escambia County resident for criminally using someone’s personal identification information.

Forty-year-old Aisha Westbrooks is the owner of an assisted-living facility called House of Honor The Westbrooks, Inc. According to the investigation, Westbrooks hired a convicted felon by illegally using the employee's sister's personal information in order to hide the employee's true identity.

Westbrooks also allegedly used this information to bill Medicaid and private pay clients for more than $15,000 in services provided by the employee, who is not eligible to work for a Medicaid provider.

Sade Grier is the House of Honor employee who used her sister’s identification and training records to qualify for employment. According to the investigation, Westbrooks and Grier are longtime friends, and Westbrooks hired her to work at the House of Honor from January 2015 through November 2015.

Grier was previously convicted of theft from a person 65 years of age or older, fraudulent use of a credit card and grand theft. Under Florida law, a person with prior felony convictions for theft is disqualified from working with the elderly or disabled, and an assisted living facility cannot employ a disqualified person.

The MFCU and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested Grier on a lesser charge of the same crime in July 2017,

Westbrooks is facing one count of criminal use of personal identification more than $5,000, a second-degree felony. If convicted, Westbrooks could serve up to 15 years in prison. Attorney General Bondi’s Office is prosecuting this case through a special agreement with the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit.

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