The number of Medicaid fraud investigations in North Carolina has doubled in the past five years.
Officials are looking into more than 80 criminal allegations involving those who offer personal care services.
The attorney general's office says almost half of all Medicaid fraud referrals involve personal care services, the services for dying patients. The rest come from hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical professionals or others.
Investigations have targeted workers that may have submitted
fraudulent time sheets on the amount of time they worked with
clients. Workers also have been accused of stealing from patients.
Medicaid covered the personal care services for more than 53-thousand patients in North Carolina last year. That cost more
than 300 million dollars.