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Investigators: OHSU employee ripped off the system, lived the high life

Investigators: OHSU employee ripped off the system, lived the high life
FILE - Dean Westwood speaks during the groundbreaking of Harper's Playground (a playground specifically geared towards kids with disabilities) in north Portland on June 8, 2012. Photo by Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon Health & Science University instructor has been indicted on charges of Medicaid fraud and evading income taxes.

Investigators say Dean Westwood was doing quite well money-wise. Our news partners at Willamette Week report that he was pulling in $9,000 a month and living in a luxury apartment, but at the same time was telling state case workers that he lived in poverty.

According to the Attorney General's office, Westwood got Medicaid reimbursement by claiming his niece was providing consistent home care. But she was rarely at her uncle's apartment.

Westwood is a disability trainer and community outreach specialist at OHSU's Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity office. OHSU would not comment on the charges.