1998 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Turner
Senate Bill 3126
(As Passed the Senate)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 43-13-221, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO GRANT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER STATUS TO MEDICAID FRAUD INVESTIGATORS OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 43-13-221, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
43-13-221. The Attorney General, acting through the Director of the Fraud Control Unit, may, in any case involving alleged violations of this article, conduct an investigation or prosecution. In conducting such actions, the Attorney General, acting through the director, shall have all the powers of a district attorney, including the powers to issue or cause to be issued subpoenas or other process.
Persons employed by the Attorney General as investigators in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit shall serve as law enforcement officers as defined in Section 45-6-3, and they shall be empowered to make arrests and to serve and execute search warrants and other valid legal process anywhere within the State of Mississippi.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.