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Tanay tapped as president of National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units

Michigan Department of Attorney General Health Care Fraud Division Chief David Tanay in late October was elected president of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU), Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Wednesday.

Tanay was elected to president at the annual training for NAMFCU held in Richmond, Virginia. He has been active in association leadership for the past decade and will serve a one-year term.

“David has been a valuable and respected leader in the Medicaid fraud enforcement space for several years and his recent appointment is reflective of that,” Nessel said. “This is an honor not only for him, but for the state of Michigan as well. I am confident in his abilities as we continue our work to ensure those who abuse our Medicaid system are held accountable.”

NAMFCU is comprised of all the Medicaid Fraud Control Units in each state, the majority of which are divisions in state attorney general offices. The primary function of the organization is to provide specialized training in Medicaid provider fraud and patient abuse and neglect, as well as coordinate and represent state interests in national litigation.

Tanay began his career with the department in 1996 and served as an Assistant Attorney General in the criminal division. He was promoted to Criminal Division Chief in 2007 and transitioned to the Health Care Fraud Division three years later. The Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division – led by Tanay – has worked on several high-profile Medicaid fraud cases, including the more recent charges against two Detroit men for employing a Medicaid kick-back scheme that defrauded the state’s Medicaid system out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Benson names Melissa Smiley as chief of staff

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has named Melissa Smiley as the new chief of staff for the Michigan Department of State.

Smiley, who will begin Jan. 6, 2020, brings strategic leadership experience gained in a career that spans government, academia and philanthropy. She is currently the vice president of strategy and operations at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and previously served as the deputy chief of staff for City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Smiley holds a doctorate and two master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. She has lived in Michigan for 16 years.

“I am thrilled to join Secretary Benson and her administration to strengthen and expand access to our democracy for all Michiganders, and to improve the customer experience at branch offices across the state,” Smiley said.

Smiley succeeds Hilarie Chambers, who served as the department’s chief of staff until August, when she was appointed Oakland County chief deputy county executive.


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