Missouri, Illinois and the federal government have settled Medicaid fraud allegations brought against a southeast Missouri pharmacy for $3.9 million.

Attorney General Chris Koster says the pay-out settles claims brought against Noel Botsch of Cape Girardeau, who ran Special Design Health Care, a provider of in-home pharmacy services. The Attorney General’s office accused Botsch of double-billing Medicaid in some cases and submitting false claims for payment in others between 2002 and 2005.

The investigation began when the federal Office of Inspector General forwarded a complaint to the Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Koster expects Missouri to receive $1.5 million of the settlement.

Citizens are urged to report suspected Medicaid fraud to the Department of Social Services’ Investigation Unit at 573-751-3285, or e-mail the complaint to the department . Social Services and the Attorney General’s office work together on the investigation of Medicaid fraud.

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