Ill. OK'd contract despite fraud
SPRINGFIELD – Investigators have determined that Illinois Department of Human Services officials approved $1.7 million in payments to a transportation business despite the company's conviction for Medicaid fraud.
A report Tuesday by Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza indicates that Downstate Transportation Services got $1.7 million to take patients to mental health facilities even after a 2008 conviction for fraudulently billing Illinois $400,000.
The officials included the agency's director of mental health, Lorrie Rickman-Jones, and her chief of staff, Robert Vyverberg. A legal liaison and regional director also received verbal or written reprimands.
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