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Plundering Taxpayers

Waste, fraud, and abuse are rampant at the federal level. The unbeliever need only read several days of blog entries at the Citizens Against Government Waste website. Closer to home, such stories are less frequent. An editorial in the January 16 Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, though, highlights a case from Spotssylvania County, which they say is the largest Medicaid fraud case ever prosecuted by the state attorney general's office ($2.5 million). According to information at the Virginia Attorney General's website, as much as 10% of Virginia's $2.3 billion Medicaid budget is subject to waste, fraud, and abuse. According to the Free Lance-Star, "Virginia has 30 people working in the AG's office in the Medicaid fraud unit, which handles some $12 million in program rip-offs per year. Assuming that 10% estimate is correct (and it comes from a May 1992 U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) report), the AG's office is catching only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to catching Medicare/Medicaid rip-off artists in Virginia.

Suspect Medicaid fraud? Contact the AG's Medicaid fraud unit above, or call 1-800-371-0824.

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