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SC probes aid workers' response to 'IRA supporter'

Jul 20, 2011 4:29:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina's health and human services department plans to investigate a conservative group's undercover video of incidents in which state workers provided Medicaid applications to an actor purporting to seek benefits for wounded Irish Republican Army soldiers.

"We will fully investigate this situation and involve the Attorney General if needed," said Health and Human Services director Anthony Kreck, who said the video "raises concerns about how well trained and supported our staff are to handle outrageous situations."

That situation occurred last month when Project Veritas, the organization that shot undercover videos of the community organizing group ACORN, brought its cameras to the Carolinas.

It secretly shot video in Charleston, Summerville and Raleigh, N.C., where Medicaid workers all provided benefit applications to the actor portraying an IRA supporter for what he said were 25 Irish nationals "basically shot up in a skirmish in Belfast."

The actor told the worker in the Charleston office the wounded were recovering at a Mount Pleasant hospital.

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