Medicaid Scams Amnesty Program in Wake of Lakewood Arrests Begins Tuesday

A 90-day state pilot program that enables Ocean County locals who either intentionally or unintentionally got baseless Medicaid advantages a possibility to withdraw from the program and prevent prosecution begins on Tuesday.

The program, introduced by the Office of the State Comptroller, is available in the wake of 26 arrests in Lakewood on scams charges.

In all, those citizens who were primarily detained in a series of FBI raids in late June wrongfully gathered more than $2 million in public-assistance advantages, authorities stated.

The homeowners who take part in State Comptroller Philip Degnan’s program called the “Ocean County Recipient Voluntary Disclosure Program,” will need to pay complete restitution to Medicaid and extra charges, and need to willingly withdraw from Medicaid for a 1-year duration.

” This is not an amnesty program. This is not a ‘Get of out prison free’ card,” Degnan informed The Star-Ledger recently. “This is an opportunity for people to come into compliance without worry of prosecution.”.

A declaration from Degnan revealing the program states his workplace is “an assessment with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.”.

On Monday, the district attorney’s workplace launched its own declaration ensuring Ocean County locals it would continue to prosecute any Medicaid scams case brought to them.

” Regarding the Amnesty program that the NJ State Comptroller’s Office started: The amnesty program originated from them. We have no authority to mandate or keep track of how a state firm works,” the declaration stated.

The district attorney’s workplace, reacting to criticism that they’re refraining from doing enough to prosecute public-assistance scams cases, stated they do not have access to the comptroller’s files.

” They manage the program’s application and execution procedure. It resembles another victim of monetary criminal activity or scams; we will unknown they are a victim of criminal activity unless they inform us. If a victim steps forward, we examine and prosecute on their behalf,” the district attorney’s workplace stated.

The comptroller’s workplace will hold a public meeting Tuesday night at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River at 6:30 p.m. for locals who wish to find out more about the Ocean County Recipient Voluntary Disclosure Program. No recording gadgets, consisting of electronic cameras, will be allowed at the meeting.