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Indian Health and Human Services

This webpage offers an overview of the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) body of work as it relates to the Indian health and human services.

Enforcement

Fighting fraud in Indian Health and Human Services programs is an OIG priority. Below are some examples of enforcement actions:

Montana Man Sentenced For Health Care Fraud

(October 24, 2014; U.S. Attorney; District of South Dakota)
A Colstrip, Montana, man convicted of Health Care Fraud was sentenced on October 16, 2014. Dean L. Hodges, age 59, was sentenced to 2 years of probation, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and restitution in the amount of $686.
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Rapid City Man Sentenced For Theft From Indian Health Services

(October 16, 2014; U.S. Attorney; District of South Dakota)
A Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Theft or Embezzlement in Connection with Health Care was sentenced on October 16, 2014. Michael Gray, age 59, was sentenced to 2 years of probation, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and restitution in the amount of $6,476.42.
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Four Individuals Sentenced In Federal Program Fraud Case

(July 24, 2014; U.S. Attorney; District of South Dakota)
Four individuals convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Theft Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds or Theft Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds have been sentenced. Gerald T. Roy, Special Agent in Charge, Health and Human Services/Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Kansas City, MO, stated, "Individuals who choose to misappropriate HHS funds intended for those in dire need will continue to be pursued by the OIG and their law enforcement partners."
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Former Blackfeet Po'Ka Project Officials Sentenced For Massive Grant Fraud HHS Inspector General Claims $4.6 Million In Potential Fraud

(June 24, 2014; U.S. Attorney; District of Montana)
Former officials of the Blackfeet Tribe's Po'Ka Project, a multi-million dollar federally funded effort to address the needs of troubled youth on the reservation, were sentenced in federal court in Great Falls, MO.
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California Rural Indian Health Board Inc. Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit

(April 30, 2013; U.S. Attorney; Northern District of California)
The California Rural Indian Health Board Inc. (CRIHB), a nontribal entity and grantee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), agreed to pay the United States $532,000, and to be terminated from an existing SAMHSA grant, thereby relinquishing funds valued at over $4.6 million. In addition, CRIHB will be subject to certain administrative conditions imposed by SAMHSA, and will not be eligible to apply for any new SAMHSA funding opportunities for two federal fiscal years.
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