§ 32.1-320.1. Powers and duties of unit investigators.
A. The Attorney General may designate persons in the unit established pursuant to § 32.1-320 as investigators, and any individual designated as an investigator shall be sworn to enforce
the provisions of this article and the criminal laws of the Commonwealth
, and shall be a law-enforcement officer
as defined in § 9.1-101
. The powers and duties of such investigators shall include but not be limited to:
1. The authority to investigate all allegations of fraud in the administration of the State Plan for Medical Assistance administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, the provision of medical assistance, or the activities of providers of medical assistance under the State Plan for Medical Assistance;
2. The authority to investigate allegations of abuse or neglect of adults, misappropriation of a patient's private funds while the patient is in the care and custody of others, and other violations of the laws of the Commonwealth;
3. The authority to seize evidence of crimes other than those included within subsections 1 and 2 that the investigators may discover while investigating allegations included within subsections 1 and 2, and to transfer such evidence to other local, state, or federal law-enforcement officers.
B. The Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services may waive the requirement for successful completion of the law-enforcement certification examination based upon an investigator's previous law-enforcement experience, training, and employment as a law-enforcement officer for a local, state, or federal government. However, no such waiver shall be granted to persons having less than five continuous years of such employment, nor shall a waiver be provided for any person whose employment as a law-enforcement officer was terminated because of his misconduct or incompetence.
C. The Attorney General shall have the authority to issue a badge to each person designated an investigator of the Attorney General's choosing. The Attorney General is permitted to incorporate use of the Seal of the Commonwealth in the design of the badge.