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In Indiana, seven federal criminal investigations have uncovered over $1 million in Medicaid fraud, leading to the indictment of 15 individuals and two companies on various charges.

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Indiana will receive $9 million as a result of a settlement reached with drug producer Wyeth, which allegedly cheated multiple states’ Medicaid out of the money when it didn’t offer them federally-mandated rebates on specific drugs.

Indiana, along with 34 other states and the federal government, are sharing a nearly $800 million settlement with the company. Bryan Corbin of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office says drug companies such as Wyeth are required to give Medicaid programs certain rebates in order to save programs tax dollars.

Criminal Justice Institute Grants To Quintuple In 2015

Jun 22, 2015
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is giving out five times more funding this year than it did last year.     

The federal government gave the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute $40 million this year -- up from $8 million in 2014.

Criminal justice Institute Spokesman Adam Baker says the institute plans to hand out that money in the form of grants to local organizations around the state.

“A grant like this, let alone an increase of such monumental proportion allows us to even better our relation with our service providers,” Baker says.

State of Indiana

The state agency charged with investigating allegations of financial fraud in the government has created a new position to help its efforts.

The State Board of Accounts recently hired Andy Shank as Director of Special Investigations.

He says the goal is to prosecute public officials if the Board of Accounts uncovers criminal activity.

"Because we know that if you don't hold these people accountable for their thefts, they're just going to go somewhere else and do the same thing again."

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Senator Joe Donnelly is working with groups such as AARP and the Indiana Attorney General to help seniors identify scams aimed at stealing their savings and identities. 

Donnelly serves on the Senate Special Committee on Aging and Tuesday he took a hearing on the road, holding a meeting at the Indiana State Fair. 

Several organizations, including the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Attorney General and the Secret Service participated, with a goal of helping empower seniors to identify financial predators.