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New Sting Video Targets Ohio Medicaid Offices

In the video, two men posing as Russian drug dealers get advice from Medicaid office workers.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Ohio Looking Into Allegations That County Medicaid Workers Assisted Men Posing As Drug Dealers
Ohio officials are investigating allegations that some county Medicaid workers inappropriately advised men posing as Russian drug dealers on how to get government health care benefits (7/18).

Politico (VIDEO): James O'Keefe Video Sting Hits Ohio Medicaid Office
James O'Keefe has released a new sting video targeting the Medicaid program in the spirit of his earlier attacks on Planned Parenthood and ACORN. In this video, two men apparently present themselves at the offices of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as Russian drug dealers seeking advice on applying for benefits. In one encounter in the heavily edited video, the men disclose their work as selling "Bob Marley pharmaceuticals" that they hide under their floorboards. The case worker appears to coach them to call their occupation "babysitting" and informs them that they are not at risk of having their homes searched as part of their Medicaid application (Feder, 7/18). 

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