Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General’s Reply to Secretary Birdwhistell’s Comments on Grand Jury Report Exposing Welfare Fraud

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 29, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today is correcting erroneous statement of fact contained in Secretary Birdwhistell’s press release of earlier today. (9KB PDF) The Attorney General saw 217 cases adjudicated during fiscal year 2004-2005, for a total adjudicated amount of $2,230,106.

“The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has utterly failed to keep pace with the record recoveries posted by the Office of the Attorney General,” said Stumbo.  “Having only referred, not adjudicated, 198 cases during fiscal year 2005-2006, for a total adjudicated amount of $317,397.”

During this same fiscal year, the Office of the Attorney General saw cases that it had already referred to prosecutors result in an adjudicated amount of $737,446.

“The facts are plain,” Stumbo continued. “The success of my office was eight times greater than that achieved by CHFS in its first year of in-house investigation.”

Although the Attorney General received no payment for welfare fraud probes in fiscal year 2005-2006, cases handled by his investigators were twice as productive as the in-house work of CHFS.