Eliminating Disability Fraud
The State is partnering with the U.S. Social Security Administration
The program, called the Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit, or CDI, is already implemented in 30 other states. Through four criminal investigators and one intelligence agent, the program will go after those who claim to be disabled, but are not. Those involved say this saves millions of dollars for other state and federal agencies including Medicaid and area nursing homes.
“There are South Dakotans that depend very deeply on disability benefits, and unfortunately there are others in the state that try to take advantage of the system,” says Jackley. “That’s what this unit is about, to investigate and make sure those tax payer dollars are going where they’re supposed to be going.”
Jackley says the type of cases this unit will handle includes Medicaid fraud, elder abuse and food stamp cases. He estimates the unit will likely be dealing with 160 to 200 cases a year.
Other agencies also involved in CDI include the Office of Inspector General, State Disability Determination Services (SD DDS), and state and local law enforcement agencies.