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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

WEST VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Morrisey's Disability Fraud Unit Eclipses $18.5 Million in Savings

By Press release submission | Jul 30, 2019


West Virginia Attorney General issued the following announcement on July 25.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s disability fraud partnership continued a record-breaking pace in the second quarter, generating $2.24 million in projected savings from April to June – more than any quarter since its start in West Virginia.

The three-month tally pushes the unit’s total savings to more than $18.5 million for state and federal governments since its inception in the Mountain State.

“This unit continues to achieve great things for our state,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “We must work in every way to root out fraud, waste and abuse. Doing so in this context preserves Social Security disability for those who need it most.”

The Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit, a partnership with the Social Security Administration, investigates suspicious or questionable disability claims. It investigates beneficiaries, claimants and any third party who facilitate fraud.

The unit’s findings help disability examiners make informed decisions and ensure payment accuracy, while also equipping state and federal prosecutors with the facts needed to secure a conviction. This, in turn, generates significant savings for taxpayers.

CDI Units help resolve questions of potential fraud, in many instances, before benefits are ever paid. The Attorney General’s Office joined the program in December 2015, making it a first-of-its-kind unit for West Virginia.

The state’s unit joins two investigators and an analyst from the Attorney General’s Office with representatives from SSA, its Office of the Inspector General and the state’s Disability Determination Section.

Nationally, the CDI program is one of the most successful anti-fraud initiatives with regard to federal disability programs. It operates 43 units covering 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

This fall, the Attorney General’s Office will begin its aggressive fight against Medicaid fraud when it assumes control over the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The move will save taxpayers significant monies, yield efficiency and effectiveness to the benefit of the taxpayer and join West Virginia with more than 40 other state attorneys general whose offices oversee their states’ Medicaid fraud units.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s transfer is a credit to Senate Bill 318, which received the Governor’s signature and passed the Legislature with bipartisan support in the state Senate earlier this year.

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