Office of the Attorney General
Kentucky Attorney General to Host National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units Annual Conference

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 10, 2009  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that his office will host the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU) Annual Conference in Louisville next week. The conference, which focuses on identifying and fighting Medicaid fraud and protecting our most vulnerable citizens from abuse, neglect and exploitation, will be held at the Galt House beginning on Monday, Sept. 14 to Thursday, Sept. 17. Attorney General Conway will provide the opening remarks between 9:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 14 for the approximately 200 prosecutors and investigators from all 50 states and the District of Columbia who are expected to attend.

"We are honored to be the host state for this event. Combating fraud and protecting the elderly have been priorities of mine since I took office," said General Conway. "By hosting the NAMFCU conference, we hope to bring more awareness to issues of abuse, neglect, and exploitation that unfortunately still occur in the Commonwealth."

The keynote speaker for the conference is Tony West, Assistant United States Attorney General, who heads the civil division of the United States Attorney General's Office. Other speakers include members of Kentucky's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control as well as an investigator from the Office of the Attorney General's Cybercrimes Unit, who will give a presentation on the latest technology in criminal investigations.

Since General Conway took office in January of 2008, the Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has recovered or been awarded approximately $80 million dollars in federal and state recoveries for Kentucky's Medicaid Program. In June, General Conway announced a jury verdict of $16 million against the pharmaceutical company Sandoz, and just last week, he announced that Kentucky's Medicaid program was to receive more than $16 million in federal and state dollars from a settlement with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

Furthermore, indictments and charges of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and fraud tripled in General Conway's first year in office. His Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control is currently prosecuting or has referred for prosecution nearly 50 cases of elder abuse, neglect exploitation and fraud.

NAMFCU was founded in 1978 to bring a national presence to the state's Medicaid Fraud Control Units. NAMFCU's goal is to provide training, promote communication and interstate cooperation, provide for the exchange of information, and educate the public about the work of the Medicaid Fraud Control Units throughout the country. The Kentucky Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control is a joint federal and state funded office in the Attorney General's Office.