June 18, 2014
The Virginia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) of the Office of the Attorney General has won the Inspector General's Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse.
In 2013, MFCU broke its own record for the largest case ever investigated by a state agency for its $1.5 billion case against Abbott Labs for improperly marketing and promoting the prescription drug Depakote.
Virginia's MFCU previously won the OIG Award in 2008 following a similar case against Purdue Pharma which was the largest ever at the time.
The award was presented to Virginia MFCU Director Randy Clouse Wednesday during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Health in Washington.
"Virginians should be proud that they have a nationally renowned agency protecting their tax dollars, as well as the health of needy Virginians," said Attorney General Mark Herring.
Officials say the Virginia MFCU works regularly with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to combat fraud, protect Virginians enrolled in the Medicaid program, and save taxpayer dollars.
The MFCU has a staff of 96 employees, including criminal investigators, auditors, attorneys and support staff who work together to develop investigations and prosecute cases.
Since 1982, the MFCU has more than $1.8 billion in criminal and civil recoveries including affirmative civil enforcement cases.