Medicaid Fraud Division

The Medicaid Fraud Division of the Office of the State Comptroller works to improve both the efficiency and integrity of the New Jersey Medicaid, FamilyCare, and Charity Care programs by investigating, detecting and preventing Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse. The division serves as the watchdog over both providers and recipients of Medicaid services in order to ensure that those services are delivered in a quality manner and only to those who truly qualify for them.

As part of its oversight role, MFD audits and investigates health care providers, managed care organizations (MCOs) and Medicaid recipients to identify and recover improperly expended Medicaid funds and to ensure that only those who qualify are enrolled in Medicaid. In performing these functions, MFD considers the quality of care provided to Medicaid recipients and pursues civil and administrative enforcement actions against those who engage in fraud, waste or abuse within the Medicaid program. MFD also excludes or terminates providers from the Medicaid program when necessary and conducts educational programs for Medicaid providers and contractors.

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Josh Lichtblau, Director

Josh Lichtblau joined the Office of the State Comptroller as Director of the Medicaid Fraud Division (MFD) in July 2015.  As MFD Director, Mr. Lichtblau leads the Division's efforts to prevent and investigate fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicaid program and recover improperly expended Medicaid funds.

Mr. Lichtblau previously served as Assistant Attorney General and Counsel for the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, where he implemented numerous office-wide initiatives, including a streamlined intake system for referrals and a multi-media advertising campaign to combat insurance fraud. During his tenure with the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, Mr. Lichtblau also oversaw the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's efforts to recover Medicaid funds under the False Claims Act.

Mr. Lichtblau earlier served as Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement, which investigates applicants for casino related licenses and enforces laws related to casino operations. He also held a series of supervisory roles as a Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General in the Division of Law within the Department of Law & Public Safety.

Mr. Lichtblau received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1990 and then served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sylvia Pressler of the New Jersey Appellate Division. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.

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