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Editorial: Disability Fraud Unit saves WV $8.1 million

From Bluefield Daily Telegraph:

West Virginia’s Disability Fraud Unit is off to a strong start, having achieved more than $8.1 million in total savings for the Mountain State during its first two years of operation.

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

The office of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined the program in December 2015, making it a first-of-its-kind unit for the Mountain State. The results of this partnership, a mere two years later, have been impressive.

According to Morrisey, the program generated more than $5.6 million in projected savings for state and federal governments during calendar year 2017. That more than doubled savings generated by the partnership in 2016. The 2017 year-end tally included a final quarter savings of more than $602,800. …

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