TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — More than $116 million believed fraudulently billed to New Jersey’s Medicaid program was returned to government coffers over the past year, the state comptroller announced Wednesday.

Using advanced data analysis, audits and special investigations, the state found almost one-third more improper Medicaid payments in the fiscal year that ended June 30 than it did the year before. Many of those instances have been referred to the state attorney general’s office for possible prosecution, and in other cases, doctors and providers have been banned from Medicaid, a health insurance program for low-income residents, State Comptroller Matthew Boxer said.

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