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>Coppola to seek new law against health care fraud

State Sen. Marc A. Coppola is planning to co-sponsor legislation that would strengthen the state's ability to crack down on health care fraud.

Coppola, a former Delaware District Common Council member who represents the 60th District, is co-sponsoring the bill with State Sen. John L. Sampson, D-Brooklyn.

Their legislation is modeled after the "Martin Act," a state law that brought reform to the financial industry and has been used by State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to prosecute fraud by investment banks, insurance companies and mutual funds.

In January, Spitzer proposed new Medicaid fraud legislation, dubbed "the Martin Act for Health Care," which was modeled after the Martin Act.

"The cost of Medicaid is escalating in part because of fraud," Coppola said in an interview, adding that the legislation would improve the attorney general's ability to investigate health care fraud and create three new crimes: health care fraud, aggravated health care fraud and scheme to defraud a health plan.

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>Businesses, volunteers honored by Chamber

BATAVIA -- Four businesses, a nonprofit organization and two individuals were honored Saturday at the 34th annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce awards dinner, attended by 350 in the Holiday Inn.

S.J. Farms in Byron, one of few farms to grow cabbage and melons used in Asian dishes, won the Agricultural Business Award.

Cummings and Bricker, a Batavia wholesale farm equipment dealer serving 1,000 customers along the Eastern Seaboard, was given the Innovative Enterprise honor.

Ken Barrett Chevrolet-Cadillac of Batavia was cited as Business of the Year. The 11-year-old dealership has received five General Motors Awards of Excellence.

Edward A. Arnold Scrap Processors of Corfu won the Entrepreneurial Business honor for a small scrap yard that has grown to serve three states and Canada.

A special service award went to Literacy Genesee/Orleans for its volunteer instruction to out-of-school adults. Timothy and Linda Richter of Bason were cited for volunteer work at Crossroads House and their Richter Family Foundation's program offering free books every month to preschoolers in the Oakfield-Alabama School District.

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