IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Medicaid will pay back $70,000 to the federal government after an audit found claims were paid for drugs and services prescribed by doctors who should have been disqualified because of criminal convictions and other professional infractions, a spokesman said Friday.

The improper payments totaling $73,000 from 2006 through 2008 were uncovered in a February report by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additional review by Iowa’s Medicaid program revealed tens of thousands of dollars in additional payments that should not have been allowed between 2009 and this February.

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