Georgia fraud case at issue in Illinois governor’s race

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Illinois voters may soon be hearing a lot about an FBI investigation of a Georgia company for Medicaid fraud. Back in 2011, APS Healthcare agreed to pay $13 million to settle accusations that it billed Georgia for disease management services it failed to provide to patients. “APS Healthcare took Medicaid’s money for itself and left some of our most vulnerable citizens without the aid they deserved,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said at the time the lawsuit was settled. For its part, APS blamed a “lack of clarity” in its state contract and didn’t admit to any wrongdoing.

Here’s the Illinois tie. At the time, APS was majority owned by the former private equity firm of the GOP candidate for governor, Bruce Rauner. And Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his lieutenant governor running mate want to make sure voters know that, Crain’s Chicago Business reports. TV ads soon may fan the flames of controversy over the allegations, the paper reports.


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