AG Six Sets Records for Consumer Recoveries

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News

TOPEKA -- Record recoveries on behalf of Kansas consumers and the Kansas Medicaid program are among the highlights in the 2010 Annual Report for the office of Attorney General Steve Six. Since Six took office in 2008, the Consumer Division has recovered more than was recovered in the previous 13 years combined while the Medicaid Fraud unit has recovered twice what was recovered in all other years combined. At the same time, the Attorney General has cut his taxpayer funded budget in half.

Attorney General Six announced the release of the report today by thanking his staff for their hard work and dedication on behalf of taxpayers.

“Over the last three fiscal years, we’ve restored the right priorities to the Attorney General’s office,” said Attorney General Six. “When the Attorney General’s office is freed from politics, it can concentrate on enforcing the law and doing the right thing for Kansans. We are the people’s law firm, and I am proud to present the 2010 Fiscal Year Report as a testament to the hard work we’ve done for Kansas over the past year.”

The report is highlighted by new all-time highs in recoveries for Kansas consumers, a total of $17.3 million in FY 2010. Since taking office, Attorney General Six has recovered over $30 million for consumers, which is more than the previous 13 years combined.

“I have a simple message – if you break the law in order to make the sale, it is you who will end up paying the price,” said Six. “A good Consumer Division is both pro-business and pro-consumer, because every time a business cheats or scams a Kansan it reflects on the honest Kansas businesses who are put at a disadvantage.”

The report also details a record year going after fraud and abuse of the state’s Medicaid program. A record $21.96 million was recovered, and since taking office Attorney General Six has recovered twice as much in fraud and abuse as was recovered in all previous years combined ($46.06 million compared to $21.93 million).

“All states fund their Medicaid fraud units with federal grants, and Kansas recovered $18.85 per federal dollar received in 2009,” said Six. “This makes Kansas the 3rd most efficient state in the nation."

A few of the accomplishments highlighted in the annual report:
The Attorney General’s office reduced its taxpayer funded (State General Fund) budget from $5.20 million in FY 2008 to $2.68 million in FY 2010, a reduction of over 48%

Attorney General Six personally prosecuted the killer of Emily Sander, including a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole

Joined by 47 other states, the State of Kansas filed an amicus brief in support of the family of Matthew Snyder against Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church

Attorney General Six urged the legislature to establish a comprehensive restriction on robo calls in Kansas, including those calls made for non-commercial purposes

The Pawnee Valley Community Hospital stayed open thanks to intervention by Attorney General Six and a successful mediation initiated by the Attorney General’s office

To view the complete report, visit: www.ksag.org.


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