Hartford Police Investigating Alleged Health Care Fraud

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Hartford, Conn. (WTIC) - The Hartford Police Department issued a press release stating that the Major Crimes Division is currently investigating alleged health care fraud involving employees of the Hartford Board of Education.

The investigation involves not only the Hartford Police Major Crimes Division, but several other agencies, as a report will be provided at the conclusion of the investigation.  Additionally, the Major Crimes Division stated there is no closure timeline currently available regarding the matter.

The City of Hartford Internal Audit Commission found that more than two-dozen ex-spouses of Hartford Board of Education employees remained on their health insurance accounts years after being divorced.  Another 21 cases have been sent for investigation as well.  Those cases were submitted because they failed to submit eligibility documentation.

The Commission's finding is based on review of an audit performed last year by Secova Inc. - a management consultant company working for the Board.

Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez said she initiated the audit when she began work in the district in December of 2017.  She also stated anyone who is found to have improperly taken advantage of the school's health care plan will be held accountable.

Moving forward, the State's Attorney Office has been advised and is monitoring the outcome to determine if any crimes have been committed.