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2019 Session

Budget Bill - HB1700 (Chapter 854)

Division of Debt Collection

Item 61

Item 61

First Year - FY2019Second Year - FY2020
Collection Services (74000)$2,755,447$2,755,447
State Collection Services (74001)FY2019 $2,536,631FY2020 $2,536,631
State Fraud Recovery Services (74002)FY2019 $218,816FY2020 $218,816
Fund Sources: 
SpecialFY2019 $2,755,447FY2020 $2,755,447

Authority: Title 2.2, Chapter 5 and Title 8.01, Chapter 3, Code of Virginia.


A. 1. The Division of Debt Collection shall provide legal services and advice related to the collection of funds owed the Commonwealth, including the recovery of certain funds pursuant to the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act (FATA) (§ 8.01-216.1 et seq.) by the Commonwealth as defined by 8.01-216.2. All agencies and institutions shall follow the procedures for collection of funds owed the Commonwealth as specified in §§ 2.2-518 and 2.2-4800 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, and all agencies, institutions, and political subdivisions shall follow the procedures for recovery of funds as specified in §§ 2.2-518 and 8.01-216.1 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, except as provided otherwise therein or in this act.


2. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any investigations, litigation, or recoveries related to matters handled under the authority granted to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit within the Department of Law pursuant to the provisions of 42 C.F.R. § 1007 et seq. All matters pertaining to the recovery of such Medicaid funds, including damages, fines, and penalties received pursuant to FATA, are specifically excluded from the provisions of this section.


B.1. The Division of Debt Collection is entitled to retain as fees up to 30 percent of any revenues generated by its collection services pursuant to paragraph A. to pay operating costs supported by the appropriation in this item.


2. Upon closing its books at the end of the fiscal year, after the execution of all transfers to state agencies having claims collected by the Division of Debt Collection, the Division may retain up to a $400,000 balance in its operating accounts. Any amounts contained in the operating accounts that exceed $400,000 on the final day of the fiscal year shall be deposited to the credit of the general fund no later than September 1 of the succeeding fiscal year.


3. The Division of Debt Collection is entitled to retain as special revenue up to 30 percent of any funds recovered on behalf of the Commonwealth as well as any separate attorney's fees awarded to the Commonwealth pursuant to FATA for its fraud recovery services pursuant to paragraph A., to pay operating costs supported by the appropriation in this item.


4. There shall be created on the books of the Comptroller a special, nonreverting, revolving fund to be known as the Fraud Recovery Fund (FATA Fund). The Division is authorized to deposit to the FATA Fund any revenue, fees, civil penalties, costs, recoveries, or other moneys which from time to time may become available as a result of its fraud recovery services. The Division is also authorized to deposit to the FATA Fund any attorneys' fees which from time to time may be awarded to the Commonwealth. Any deposit to, and interest earnings on, the FATA Fund shall be retained in the FATA Fund. The Division shall retain 30% of any funds recovered as well as any separate attorney's fees awarded to the Commonwealth pursuant to FATA, and shall transfer the remaining funds to the appropriate state agencies and political subdivisions on a periodic basis or such other period of time approved by the Division.


5. The Director, Department of Planning and Budget, may grant an exception to the provisions in paragraph B.2. if the Division of Debt Collection can show just cause.


C. The Division of Debt Collection may contract with private collection agents for the collection of debts amounting to less than $15,000.