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State official: Ex-Gov. Doyle's administration may have allowed Medicaid fraud


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state official said former Governor Jim Doyle’s administration might have let a Monroe medical transport firm get away with bilking $1.5 million from Medicaid.

Claire Smith of the state Health Services Department said the alleged fraud happened while the state was dramatically cutting back people who found and prevented those crimes. And with Scott Walker in charge, officials say they’re doing quarterly checks and annual audits of recipients – and they’ve added almost 20 more people to get the job done.

Anthony Anglin of Monroe was recently charged with submitting false Medicaid claims from 2006 through 2010.

Smith tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Anglin was a Medicaid provider during the years that the former Doyle administration re-assigned many fraud and prevention specialists.

Soon after Walker took office two years ago, he created a new commission to root out government waste, fraud, and abuse. Smith said it found that Medicaid and FoodShare programs had increased dramatically over the last decade, while the number of state workers checking on those people fell by at least 50 percent.

Anglin was recently charged with five federal counts of submitting false Medicaid claims. Prosecutors said he received false Medicaid reimbursements for patients he claimed were transported on cots and stretchers when they weren’t – and they received rides to appointments on days when they were not scheduled.

A routine audit uncovered the alleged fraud.