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If Florida's attorney general bill look columns of vigilance against the Medicaid fraud has helped the State's Medicaid fraud control unit -- -- Over 131.
Million dollars in this calendar this past calendar there.
Joining us now with a lot more -- his attorney general -- MacCallum bill great to say thank you so much for being here.
In Medicaid fraud go locked in tough economic times in a recession.
Everything goes up in the way of criminal fraud and in an economic recession it's a very serious time for all of us and what we're seeing now though is that would that we have a general a probably that all year long and we're just seeing more complaints commend our offices that's basically.
What we're seeing but I -- you just announced for really astounding last year this is the highest Florida's ever had total recoveries for dollars that have been lost.
And we hope that we can sustain that because we know that -- they -- dated day in and day out unfortunately.
Well as a per cent -- I decided that one over 131.
Million dollars but as a percentage of your total Medicaid spending that number really.
Isn't that large is it because.
Maybe Medicaid fraud isn't that big of a problem.
No Medicaid fraud is a big problem is getting -- it it's that we have about eighteen billion dollars dispensed in Florida.
Of Medicaid which of course is health care to the poor.
There's an agency and our state who does that they report to us those things that they can detect it may indicate fraud.
And we have other sources we go after as well and trying to find -- I think most of us just discovering it.
To give you a couple of examples and I think that's important to see this there was a case we -- last week of a midwife.
Who charge 30000 dollars.
And that we recovered that from her for activities separate -- different baby delivery she didn't do shouldn't even begin to do it.
People make -- -- you know claims to Medicare Medicaid both.
On an honor system.
That didn't catch up with people all the time because if they're -- something corrupt it means Medicaid is paying it.
And after the fact we have to go out after.
What -- had to -- the punishment mister attorney John beyond that just repaying the money.
Well there can be criminal fines and penalties for -- would somebody's arrested it's a crime to defraud people.
So you can we could take you had been taken with the criminal processes in the criminal court.
That stunned sometimes by the US attorney that's done sometimes.
By our local State's attorney -- -- often by our own lawyers who work is cross sworn officers for this so somebody can get time in jail for this.
And we know that and they do get time in jail.
We have arrested people in the past year for having.
Make claims for.
Giving people need braces and Andy components for replacements that they never did.
We've arrested somebody recently podiatrist.
For doing things he -- claims for for people who have been dead for years those kind of people I hope go to jail that's that's part of that the process where it.
In addition to -- in fact.
Most of what we do is the criminal side.
The dollar recoveries are only a small fraction of what our office does -- in in our operation mr.
attorney general was faking.
Of crimes and fraud the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme the largest really have our.
Are you doing anything you investigating.
Working with federal authorities.
On -- this Ponzi scheme given the fact.
That Bernie Madoff did have a home and floor -- that much of the money -- men through connections in the Palm Beach area what are you doing.
In terms of that we're we're not seeing any requests from the federal government on this particular case I do have.
Other cases were doing was scams are so awful lot of -- -- there's mortgage rescue fraud problems down here people -- pretending that they can.
Sell you debt elimination when they can't of course eliminate your debt.
Things that are too good to be true or sound too good to be true probably are.
And you have to be very wary right now because of the economy we just talked about a minute ago but I've not been asked to get involved with the Madoff matter.
I wouldn't expect to be asked I think that's being strictly handled by the federal government.
Are you so you're not taking any independent initiative there are no investigations in your office of any -- -- any body related to Bernie Madoff.
There is not right now an independent investigation in our office on going mean it could be.
As it progresses as possible that it would.
But more likely than not it won't.
We we've got we've gone after a lot of mortgage fraud countrywide and we've done a number of things related to.
The scams that are out there in the financial world but not this particular case and Medicaid.
attorney general thank you so much for being here is great to talk to a year that was cities and -- -- the attorney general of the state of Florida -- a.
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