SALT LAKE CITY — Public intoxication charges levied against Utah's Medicaid inspector general while he was visiting South Carolina for a work-related conference have been dropped.

The Columbia police officer who encountered Lee Wyckoff, who was allegedly drunk on the streets of Columbia late April 4, chose not to prosecute Wyckoff for unknown reasons, according to Columbia Municipal Court Judge Dana Turner. Wyckoff, who was appointed in August to provide additional oversight on Medicaid funds, was in town for training.

Wyckoff is the first to be named to the Utah post after it was created by lawmakers during the 2011 legislative session. An audit of Medicaid billing practices had uncovered over-billing issues amounting to tens of millions of misspent public funds.

State officials hoped to recoup at least $20 million with the installation of an inspector general. In almost a year, Wyckoff and his team of more than 20 investigators have uncovered more than $5 million in overpaid Medicaid claims, according to the governor's office of planning and budget.

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