A massive computer crash has wiped out critical data important to the state attorney general's medicaid fraud prosecutions.
The Dallas Morning News reports the crash happened in part because the documents weren't backed up.
As much as 50% of the Tyler Medicaid fraud division's files were destroyed in July when a server being repaired by a state vendor wouldn't restart.
Losing the documents means evidence crucial to convicting dishonest health care providers who ripped off the state's health insurance program for the poor may never be recovered.
E-mails and other records obtained by the newspaper indicate some Tyler investigators lost up to 90% of their open case files.
An IBM spokesman said IBM-hired data recovery specialists have reassembled as much as 88% of the lost gigabytes of information, but state officials dispute that figure -- saying at least half of the data remains lost.
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