Report: County fraud collections increase in 2013

NEW ULM – Brown County Family Services (BCFS) fraud collections reported a record year in 2013 with $413,538 collected, $145,129 of which went to county.

The figure compares to $380,960 collected in 2012 and $293,367 in 2011, according to the annual fraud collections report. Brown County Fraud Investigator Preston Cowing said the increase is mostly due to MA (Medical Assistance) estate recoveries.

Detox was the second-largest collection area, according to the report.

Commissioners will also consider:

The 2012 Brown County Chemical Dependency Treatment Outcome Measures Report. It continues to show that Brown County treatment is provided at a much younger age than statewide statistics show. Alcohol is the primary substance used, more so in Brown County (54.4 percent) than statewide (44.3 percent), according to the report.

Other statistics show primary substances used in Brown County are lower for methamphetamines (5.9 percent compared to 14.5 percent statewide County marijuana use was 27.9 percent compared to 19.4 percent statewide.

The 2013 Holiday and Coats for Kids projects report showing $53,600 worth of contributions in addition to hundreds of hours of volunteer project service that benefitted 396 households involving 1,015 children, adults, disabled persons and/or the elderly across Brown County.

A 2014 contract with Mankato Rehabilitation Center Inc. for sheltered work services. The contract remains the same amount as 2013 – $149,892, according to the RBA. The 2012 contract amount was $146,525 Neither 2012 nor 2013 saw any COLA (cost of living allowances) in the rate.

An update on 2014 septic loans available to county residents showing $172,501 available. Last year, Brown County loaned $182,148 and received $88,151 in previous loan payments, according to the RBA.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the courthouse commissioners room.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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