By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says the state will get more than $2.4 million from a Medicaid fraud settlement.

Koster on Wednesday announced the civil settlement with offshoots of APS Healthcare and Innovative Resource Group over claims that the companies submitted false Medicaid claims.

The companies will immediately pay the state and federal government $5 million.

APS contracted with Missouri from 2008 to 2010 to provide services for the state’s chronic care and administrative services programs. The company was responsible for managing preventative care for chronically ill patients on Medicaid to avoid emergency room expenses.

But Koster claims the companies didn’t do their part and submitted false claims for Medicaid payments.

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