Miami man accused of stealing nearly $300,000 in state funds

Money intended to help screen Haitian-American women for cancer

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor
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MIAMI - A Miami man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing nearly $300,000 in state funds that was intended to help screen Haitian-American women for cancer.

State investigators said Jacques Albert Calixte is the owner and operator of the Haitian-American Association Against Cancer.

"Stealing state funds intended to help prevent a vulnerable population of Floridians from suffering the consequences of cancer is unconscionable," said Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. "I am proud of our investigators for their work to put this selfish fraudster behind bars where he belongs."

Investigators said Calixte provided fraudulent bank statements and payroll checks to the Florida Department of Health in order to receive payments between 2011 and 2013. He also provided information about clients who never received treatment, and even fabricated healthcare clinic reports.

Investigators said Calixte spent at little as $16,000 for client screenings in 2011, and found no evidence of money spent for client screenings between 2012 and 2013.

Calixte is facing multiple charges including forgery, organized fraud and grand theft. He is being held in jail on $90,000 bond.

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