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The man, who is 60, worked as a Medicaid fraud analyst with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Authorities allege that, while he held this position, he took an over $5,000 bribe from a Medicaid fraud defendant. According to authorities, the Medicaid fraud defendant asked for case assistance in exchange for the bribe.
These allegations by authorities derived from a joint investigation of the 60-year-old man that was conducted by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the Texas Rangers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Recently, the Texas Attorney General’s Office fired the 60-year-man from his analyst position. Soon after the firing, he was placed under arrest in relation to the above accusations. He is facing a federal charge of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. He could be given a fine of up to $250,000 and a prison sentence of up to 10 years if he is convicted of this charge.
Sources: www.yourhoustonnews.com, “Former Medicaid fraud analyst arrested,” Feb. 24, 2014
imperialvalleynews.com, Former Government Analyst Charged with Bribery, Feb. 24, 2014