Charles WatsonSep 12, 2017, 7:44 pmSep 12, 2017, 8:18 pm

State comptroller's office offering amnesty for Medicaid fraud in Ocean County

Anyone who thinks they received improper benefits will be allowed to withdraw from the program without being prosecuted

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As of Tuesday, residents in Ocean County can begin signing up for what the Office of the State Comptroller is calling the "Ocean County Recipient Voluntary Disclosure Program".

The pilot program will allow Ocean County residents who believe they improperly received Medicaid benefits to withdraw from the program without the threat of criminal prosecution.

According to state officials, people participating in the program will be required to repay all improper Medicaid payments they received, pay an additional civil penalty, and withdraw from Medicaid for a year. In exchange, anyone who received improper payments will not be referred to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office for further action.

To participate in the voluntary program, you must be a residents of Ocean County, must be or have been a recipient of Medicaid benefits, you cannot have previously entered into a settlement with the office of the state comptroller, and you cannot be the subject of a pending state or county investigation.

The pilot program comes off 26 people getting arrested in Lakewood on fraud charges of more than $2M in public assistance benefits.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says that it will continue to prosecute the cases of fraud it has already received, and any cases that come before it in the future.

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