Auditor Updates Website to Report Suspected Government Fraud, Waste or Abuse

first_imgThe Office of Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon, CPA, introduced an updated website today for citizens and state employees with ideas for savings or concerns about potential fraud, waste or abuse in government programs. These are not ordinary financial times, said Auditor Salmon in a statement. It has never been more urgent to remind everyone involved in government spending that the money comes from the people and should be spent wisely and efficiently, he noted.In addition to fraud suspicions, the hotline and website will accept ideas for improving government services and reducing costs. In the face of rising costs and diminishing resources, state government today needs ideas for lowering costs and improving services, said deputy State Auditor George Thabault. Auditor Tom Salmon wants to remind any citizens, state workers or recent state retirees that they can get their ideas to us confidentially if they d like, he said. We ll review them and try to get them considered at the right levels. We also want to highlight that people can report instances of possible fraud, waste and abuse with confidential reporting at the Auditor s website (www.auditor.vermont.gov(link is external)) or toll-free hotline (877-290-1400), he said. Thabault said the Auditor s Office will typically perform an initial review of allegations, but that serious fraud cases will be referred to the Attorney General s Office.Thabault said fraud is intentional deception or misrepresentation that an individual makes knowing it to be false, and may result in unauthorized benefit payments either to that individual or to some other person. There is a wide range of acts that may constitute fraud under federal or state laws. Abuse does not necessarily involve fraud and other law-breaking, Thabault noted, but it typically refers to actions that are deficient or improper when compared with behavior that a prudent person would consider reasonable or a good business practice. Abuse also includes misuse of authority or position for personal financial interests or those of an immediate or close family member or business associate.Deputy Thabault said some waste can be easy to spot, such as excessive energy consumption or purchasing products that are never used, while other examples are hard to detect initially, such as duplication of effort, failure to use available technology, poor process design, saving initially on products that actually have high life-cycle costs, unnecessary overtime, etc. Eliminating waste helps provide a department or agency more resources to fulfill its mission, Thabault said.Included on the Auditor s web site is information on how to report various potential frauds or instances of waste and abuse:Medicaid Provider Fraud (call 802-879-5900 and ask for the Program Integrity Unit)Medicaid Beneficiary Fraud (call 802-241-2826 for the Fraud & Quality Control Office of the Dept. of Children & Families): Examples of beneficiary or provider fraud include intentionally trying to defraud the program by various means including providing false information, such as actual residence or income; selling supplies, equipment or medications; using stolen Medicaid numbers; tampering with prescriptions; and submitting claims for services or items not furnished.Unemployment Insurance Fraud (call 802-828-4333): This fraud can occur when someone receives unemployment benefits they are not entitled to, or when companies misrepresent employees as independent contractors, or intentionally misreport wage income.Workers Compensation Fraud (call 802-828-2997): This fraud can occur when someone receives workers’ compensation benefits that they may not be entitled to, or when a company intentionally misrepresents the activities of employees to secure a lower workers compensation insurance premium.Food Stamp Fraud (call the Economic Services Division district office nearest you see below for listing): Food Stamp fraud is the intentional misrepresentation, concealment or withholding of information in order to get food stamp benefits. It is fraud to sign any papers (such as an application for benefits, a questionnaire, or recertification papers) in which the information in the papers is not true.Vendor Fraud (call 877-290-1400): Vendor fraud can occur when invoices to State agencies and departments contain significant intentional errors or when a claim for payment for services or products provided is false.Social Security Fraud (call 800-269-0271 or www.socialsecurity.gov(link is external)): This can occur when individuals conceal work activity while receiving disability benefits, or when a person receives benefits for a child not under their care, or makes false statements on claims.last_img read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu roughed up for third consecutive start as Dodgers lose in Arizona

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousArizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar, left, celebrates his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers with third base coach Tony Perezchica during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)A pop fly hit by the Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar falls in for a single between Dodgers second baseman Kike’ Hernandez, left, and center fielder A.J. Pollock during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, throws a pitch to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsArizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly throws a pitch to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) scores a run as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, waits for a late throw during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, pauses on the mound during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner pauses after fouling off an Arizona Diamondbacks pitch during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with Will Smith (16) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger tosses his bat away after an intentional walk from the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner connects for an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson leaps in vain for a foul fly ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tim Locastro during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson takes his helmet off after hitting a pop fly for an out during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, reacts to being called out on strikes against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Wilmer Flores connects for a two-run double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar, right, celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Tim Locastro (16) and Adam Jones, second from left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar (5) is congratulated by Ketel Marte, left, and manager Torey Lovullo, right, after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pauses on the mound on his way to giving up four runs to the Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. Ryu has allowed 18 runs in his past three starts (14-2/3 innings). (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Adam Jones connects for a two-run double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, flips the ball in the air as he waits for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to arrive at the mound to take Ryu out of the baseball game during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Wilmer Flores, right, and Christian Walker (53) celebrate after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed, middle, watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar watches his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar, left, celebrates his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers with third base coach Tony Perezchica during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)A pop fly hit by the Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar falls in for a single between Dodgers second baseman Kike’ Hernandez, left, and center fielder A.J. Pollock during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)NextShow Caption1 of 21A pop fly hit by the Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar falls in for a single between Dodgers second baseman Kike’ Hernandez, left, and center fielder A.J. Pollock during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)ExpandPHOENIX — For 22 starts over four months, Hyun-Jin Ryu had handled major-league hitters like a Jedi master.These aren’t the pitches you’re looking for.That spell has been broken. Ryu was roughed for the third consecutive start Thursday night, allowing seven runs in a two-inning span as the Arizona Diamondbacks handed the Dodgers an 11-5 thumping.With the loss, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch their seventh consecutive division title stayed at nine. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies After his first start this month, Ryu had an ERA of 1.45, almost a run better than any other starting pitcher in baseball. He had allowed more than two runs in a start just once. His WHIP was 0.91 and opposing batters had hit just .221 against him.The 32-year-old Korean was cruising to a Cy Young award and Game 1 start in the postseason. The course correction over the past three starts has been jarring.Over starts at Atlanta, at home against the Yankees and in Arizona, Ryu has given up 18 runs in just 14-2/3 innings – an ERA of 11.05 that has fattened his season mark by nearly a run to 2.35 (bringing Max Scherzer, Mike Soroka and Jacob deGrom back into the Cy Young picture), the highest it has been since before his May 7 start. His WHIP in those three starts is 1.91 and opposing batters have hit a robust .368 (25 for 68). Ryu hasn’t gotten through five innings in each of his past two starts.Despite the fact that Ryu has thrown 157-1/3 innings already this season – his highest total since throwing 192 in his MLB debut season (2013) – Ryu and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts have said fatigue is not a factor in his current regression. Roberts has just said Ryu hasn’t been as “sharp.”Well, at least Ryu didn’t give up a home run to the Diamondbacks after allowing five in his previous two starts. Joe Kelly handled that surrendering a towering three-run shot to Eduardo Escobar in the sixth inning, part of Kelly’s own regressive performance. It was the first home run he has allowed since July 27 and the first time he has been charged with more than one run in an outing since May 27. Escobar’s drive came to rest in a garbage can near the pool beyond the right-field fence – no doubt where Ryu would like to toss the box score from this one.Instead of the longball, Ryu gave up nine hits in the fourth and fifth innings – six singles and three doubles – hit a batter and walked a batter (intentionally) while retiring just five before being pulled from the game.The Dodgers’ offense kept up for a while. The Dodgers walked six times in the first five innings and scored four times. But they also stranded eight runners in the first six innings, left the bases loaded in the third and only got one run out of another bases-loaded, one-out situation in the fifth.They solved that deficiency by getting just one baserunner in the final three innings – on a solo home run by Justin Turner (his third RBI of the game).More to come on this story. Related Articleslast_img read more