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The more than $47 million recovered last year by Attorney General Chris Koster's Medicaid Fraud Unit equals that of about an average year, as St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon’s Rachel Lippmann reports.
The office has recovered as much as $100 million, and as little as $20 million in a year.
Koster, a Democrat, says those wide variations are triggered by how much money Missouri receives from national settlements.
But he says the fraud that concerns him the most is conducted by the smaller providers.
“These cases may only be 8, 10 $25,000 in size, but they are small-time providers who think that because they are only stealing a small amount of money they’re going to get away with it, and that’s not true.”
The state opened 205 fraud investigations last year. 48 of those resulted in either criminal or civil prosecution.