ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A notorious landlord in St. Petersburg was taken into custody by federal authorities following a months-long 8 On Your Side investigation.
Marcus Lloyd Anderson made his first appearance in federal court on Wednesday. Cameras were not allowed for the bail hearing but 8 On Your Side Investigates had a crew in the courtroom.
According to the indictment, Anderson is charged with aggravated identity theft and health care fraud. The alleged crimes occurred from May 2015 to April 2018.
Anderson is accused of ripping off taxpayers. According to court documents, he took money from the Florida Medicaid program but never provided psychological services to alleged patients.
As 8 On Your Side reported in 2018, Anderson owned and operated a network of group homes and assisted living facilities in St. Petersburg. Two of his group homes were shut down for allegedly being “unfit for human habitation” that year.
8 On Your Side Investigates exposed that residents were living in filth. Pictures show garbage and missing doors inside one of the facilities. State authorities say there was no working toilet, running water or electricity.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General was the main investigative agency on this case. They worked in conjunction with the Florida Attorney’ Generals Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Anderson had no comment when he was released on Wednesday. In court, he indicated he plans on hiring an attorney. He should be arraigned sometime next month.
8 On Your Side Investigates will continue to follow this story.
In the meantime, investigators are urging the community to report fraud and waste on this website
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