Cape Coral Couple Arrested for Grand Theft, Organized Scheme to Defraud and Money Laundering

Yesterday evening, agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Fort Myers Regional Operations Center arrested Melody McClintock, 45, and Ralph McClintock, 53, and charged them each with one count of grand theft, a first-degree felony; one count of organized scheme to defraud, first-degree felony; two counts of money laundering, a first-degree felony; and one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft, a second-degree felony.

In early 2008, the Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) became concerned about invoices they received from a Florida corporation for recruiting nurses at two of the health system’s hospitals. LMHS paid the full amount of these invoices in good faith and in accordance with its standard business practices. LMHS conducted an internal preliminary investigation which revealed suspicious circumstances. LMHS then contacted FDLE alleging that recruitment services represented in the invoices may never have been performed and that these invoices were believed to have been submitted by a former LMHS employee.

The FDLE launched a criminal investigation in April 2008. The four-month long investigation revealed that from October 2006 through February 2008 the McClintocks defrauded LMHS out of approximately $660,000 for the placement of 48 nurses.

Ralph McClintock was arrested at his home in Cape Coral. Melody McClintock turned herself in to the Lee County Jail. They were both booked into the Lee County Jail on a $450,000 bond. The case is being prosecuted by the Office of the Statewide Prosecution in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

For more information, contact:

Karen Krieger
Director of Public Affairs
Lee Memorial Health System
(239) 454-8765

Trena Reddick
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Tampa Bay
(813) 878-7239 or 878-7300