Office of Inspector General (OIG)

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is authorized to conduct audits and perform civil and criminal investigations for the purpose of recovering improper state and federal tax dollar payments due to fraud, waste, or abuse.

The OIG is designated as a criminal justice agency and is authorized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Arizona Department of Public Safety to access criminal justice information relevant to official investigations. The office has statutory authority to issue subpoenas and place persons under oath to obtain evidence for investigations.

Additionally, the OIG works closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to detect, prevent, investigate and prosecute any provider, subcontractor, member, entity, or employee involved in fraudulent, abusive, or wasteful activity involving the state Medicaid program. In addition to criminal investigations, OIG also issues and collects civil monetary penalties; issues credible allegations of fraud actions related to the suspension of providers; and, when necessary, terminates providers in violation of and in accordance with federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations.