Ohio agency looking into Medicaid allegations

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Posted: Jul 18, 2011 8:36 PM
Ohio agency looking into Medicaid allegations

Ohio officials are investigating allegations that some county Medicaid workers inappropriately advised men posing as Russian drug dealers on how to get government health care benefits.

Conservative activist James O'Keefe posted undercover video on his Project Veritas website Monday suggesting workers in three counties helped the men after being told they were illegal immigrants whose young sisters performed sex acts for drug clients.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services spokesman Ben Johnson says the video is "extremely troubling" and that the agency and the counties involved are looking into it.

In the video, a Franklin County worker suggests the men hide ownership of an $800,000 car, adding "you didn't hear that from me." In a statement, the county says she has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Johnson says the men never received Medicaid benefits.