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August 14, 2013

Tazewell, Smyth prosecutor offices get $1.3M

TAZEWELL, Va. — Two southwestern Virginia prosecutors’ offices have received $1.3 million each from a national Medicaid fraud settlement.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy announced the payments to the Smyth and Tazewell county commonwealth’s attorney offices Wednesday at a news conference in Abingdon.

The money comes from the $1.5 billion Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay to settle allegations that it promoted the drug Depakote for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that participated in the investigation shared $200 million in forfeited funds.

The Smyth and Tazewell prosecutors served as special assistant U.S. attorneys in the case. They will use their share of the money for law enforcement.

 

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