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State collects record judgment in Medicaid scam

Feb 18, 2011 1:50:00 PM - thestate.com
A Pennsylvania doctor has repaid South Carolina a whopping $2.3 million in restitution, costs and fees following a judgment against him in a Medicaid fraud case.

The South Carolina Attorney General's office said the state collected the money today from Dr. Saroj K. Parida, of Lititz, Penn. Parida was charged by South Carolina with first degree computer crime and defrauding the state Medicaid program.

The Attorney General's office said Parida is the largest individual-provider fraud case its Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has ever prosecuted.

Despite the large number in the case, it pales in comparison to the total amount of fraud estimated to occur in South Carolina. The Attorney General's office estimates false Medicaid claims cost the state as much as $270 million annually.

Parida entered a plea agreement June 22 with the office and Judge Casey Manning sentenced him to five years in prison and restitution totaling more than $2.3 million.

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