ARKANSAS COOPERATIVE DISABILITY INVESTIGATIONS
The Arkansas Cooperative Disability Investigations program, or CDI, is a joint effort among federal and state agencies to effectively pool resources for the purpose of preventing fraud in the disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and in related programs. The mission is to investigate questionable statements and activities of claimants, medical providers and other third parties to obtain evidence of material fact sufficient to resolve questions of potential fraud in disability programs.
The Arkansas CDI is run jointly by the SSA Dallas Regional Office, the SSA Office of the Inspector General, the Arkansas Attorney General’s office and the Arkansas Disability Determination for SSA. CDI benefits SSA and taxpayers by improving the integrity of Social Security’s programs, promoting the solvency of the Social Security Trust Funds and by helping public assistance programs reduce fraud, waste and abuse. Since its inception in Fiscal Year 1998, existing CDI Units in other states have contributed to $3.1 billion in projected savings to SSA’s disability programs and $1.9 billion in projected savings to non-SSA programs – including state-funded programs, such as Medicaid.
The program works to evaluate and investigate suspicious claims made against those applying for benefits, identify lawyers, doctors or other third parties who facilitate fraud, identify areas susceptible to fraud and provide investigative findings that help SSA and State personnel make accurate and timely claims decisions. The Unit’s findings may also result in criminal or civil prosecution, civil monetary penalties of up to $5,000 for each false statement made and SSA administrative sanctions, including benefit withholding.
To report suspected fraud, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.