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Pulaski police get part of fraud settlement funds

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Pulaski Police Department received more than $200,000 from the Virginia Attorney General’s office due to the second largest Medicaid fraud settlement in the nation.

The department was one of numerous Virginia law enforcement agencies to receive funds to use for new equipment and training. Pulaski Chief Gary Roche said the $241,954 his department received will purchase new patrol, investigative and special service vehicles.

The money is part of $115 million Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit received for its part in the 2012 Abbott Laboratories fraud settlement. The company illegally marketed its drug Depakote for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration.

Virginia’s fraud unit was the lead investigator in the case, which led to a $1.5 billion settlement, making it the nation’s second largest Medicaid fraud settlement.

Besides receiving restitution for Virginia’s Medicaid program, Cuccinelli’s office earned the $115 million through asset forfeiture funds for its work as lead investigator.

Cuccinelli stressed that the money came from criminals, not the Commonwealth’s taxpayers. Ultimately, when all law enforcement requests are approved,

Cuccinelli will be sharing $105 million of the $115 million with state and local law enforcement and keeping $10 million for equipment and programs within his own agency.

The attorney general stressed that this money was coming from criminals, not the taxpayers. Ultimately, when all law enforcement requests are approved, Cuccinelli will be sharing $105 million of the $115 million with state and local law enforcement and keeping $10 million for equipment and programs within his own agency.