RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wants the U.S. Treasury Department to go ahead and release $800,000 of Virginia's share of a national Medicaid fraud settlement.
That's a fraction of the $105 million the state still has coming for leading an investigation that resulted in a $1.5 billion settlement with Abbott Laboratories. The attorney general's office already has received $10 million for its own use. The rest of the money will go to various public safety initiatives, but not until Treasury hears more details.
In a letter earlier this week, Cuccinelli's office asked Treasury to release $800,000 for the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. He says the money will be spent on training to help police and corrections officers better respond to crisis situations involving mentally ill people.
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