W. Va. Attorney General partnership nets $800,000 in disability fraud savings
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WHSV) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s disability fraud partnership generated more than $800,000 in savings despite COVID-19 shutdowns, according to a news release from the attorney general’s office.
The Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit, a partnership with the Social Security Administration, investigates suspicious or questionable disability claims and helps disability examiners make informed decisions and ensures accurate payments.
According to the release, the partnership generated $812,072 in projected savings for state and federal governments from April 1 to June 30. Its total savings equaled to $23.06 million since its beginning in West Virginia.
“Those who unlawfully take disability benefits jeopardize a critical safety net for those who need it most,” Attorney General Morrisey said.
“Our partnership with the Social Security Administration remains strong, and I commend each and every team member who continues to root out waste, fraud and abuse during these challenging times. Their dedication helps us preserve this program.”
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