The Mesa County Department of Human Services (MCDHS) Fraud and Recovery Unit recently sent a case of suspected Medical Assistance fraud to the Mesa County District Attorney’s office totaling over $154,000.00 which is the highest amount of a fraudulent government benefits case Mesa County has had to date. Mesa County Welfare Fraud Investigators uncovered enough evidence to allege the following:
Medical Assistance: $154,380.69
Investigation Costs: $ 1,253.76
The total recovery for the combination of the investigations is $155,634.45
Court case number 2018CR1522
Committing Public Assistance and/or Medical Assistance fraud is taken very seriously by the State and Federal government. Medical Assistance benefits are available to those who are truly eligible and need the assistance. When it is suspected that someone has fraudulently received Public Assistance or Medical Assistance benefits, the Department of Human Services Investigations team will initiate an investigation and if appropriate, submit the investigation to the District Attorney’s office for criminal prosecution.
“Our Fraud and Recovery team takes investigating all governmental benefits fraud very seriously,” said Tracey Garchar, Executive Director for the Mesa County Department of Human Services. “Ensuring benefits are available and remain with individuals and families who are truly eligible and in need is our utmost priority” added Garchar.
If you or someone you know suspects welfare fraud, please call the Mesa County Department of Human Services Welfare Fraud Hotline at (970) 256-2421.