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Fraud benefits sheriff’s office

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

The Virginia Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was the lead investigator on the second highest Medicaid fraud settlement in the United States, according to a December 5, 2013 press release from the AG’s office, in which the commonwealth received $115 million.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said he wanted to share $105 million with state and local law enforcement agencies.

Louisa County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $20,000 during the first allocation for rifles, according to Deputy Chief Major Donald Lowe. The Sig Sauer rifles have been ordered, he said.

Lowe said the sheriff’s office applied for communication gear, servers for dispatch, mobile data terminals and a few other items, but was not approved. The LCSO did get approval for $66,000 to pay for two motorcycles to start a motorcycle unit within the department.

Lowe said the department has not received the allocation yet nor have they assigned any deputies to the new unit.

“I do not anticipate them being placed in service until sometime next summer,” Lowe said in an email. “A lot depends on the extensive training, procuring the motorcycles and having them equipped with the emergency equipment.”