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FBI raids Islander-owned medical supply business

The FBI and other federal and local law enforcement officers served a search warrant Sept. 13 on Suncoast Brace and Limb at 1878 59th St. W., Bradenton. The company is registered to JoAnn Manali of Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.

FBI officials on the scene were reluctant to discuss an ongoing investigation, saying only that it was a health-care fraud issue, according to the Bradenton Herald. No one was arrested during the search, and agents would not comment on any material taken from the office.

The FBI office in Tampa declined to comment on the investigation, other than to say it also involves other medical facilities in the Manatee area.

According to the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations, Suncoast Brace and Limb Inc. was formed in 1995. For a time, the company was inactive, but was reinstated as an active company on Feb. 13, 2012.

Manali is listed as both the registered agent and officer/director of the company.

7 Responses to FBI raids Islander-owned medical supply business

  1. Jen says:

    Its a shame that this women drug the Manali name, which she was married into, through the mud.

  2. Connie says:

    Healthcare fraud is a big deal. If found guilty, our federal and state agencies will recoup the money. This is a real problem now with tighter regulations and correct billing. It is easy to spend the money but hard to recoup. We need to be patient until the accusations are either confirmed or proven false. Once that has been determined, we can see how bad the Manali name has been tarnished.

  3. Mermaiden says:

    Stealing the tax payers’ money is never cool. Personal gain over everyone else. Sock it to her.

  4. Mermaiden says:

    So, has the fraud been on-going since 1996? Stealing from all of us taxpayers, not cool.

  5. a hibbs says:

    anyone doing business with medicare has a good chance of being investigated. I think JoAnn is innocent until proven guilty..Art

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