Disability fraud unit collects nearly $2 million in quarter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The disability fraud unit of the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office ended the quarter with nearly $2 million in projected savings.

The record-breaking collection between January and March brings the total collections of the Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit to more than $16.3 million since the body’s launch in December 2015.

The Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit is a joint effort between the federal Social Security Administration, its Office of the Inspector General and West Virginia’s Disability Determination Section. The body investigates disability claims to root out fraud.

“The return on investment for this unit is really amazing,” state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said. “We’re saving millions of dollars, and best of all, we’re targeting resources to those who need it most.”

The state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will be under Morrisey’s office beginning in the fall, which Morrisey said will save taxpayers addition money and increase that unit’s effectiveness.

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