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W.Va. Unit Cites $1.3M of Improper Disability Claims


The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office says its unit targeting Social Security disability fraud helped save nearly $1.3 million in improper claims during the second quarter of this year.

Two investigators and an analyst have been working with the Social Security Administration to review suspicious or questionable disability claims.

The unit reported $2.5 million of improper claims stopped in 2016, its first full year, and $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked the Legislature transfer the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit from the state Department of Health and Human Resources to his office.

In October, he said the disability fraud unit began reviewing past claims and payments for fraud and possible referral to county and federal prosecutors.