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Va. AG expanding computer forensic lab

Monday - 7/29/2013, 7:05am  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's attorney general is expanding a technology lab that analyzes and processes evidence of child pornography and other computer crimes.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he will use a portion of the state's share of a national Medicaid fraud settlement to quadruple the size of the computer forensic lab in his office. The office also will deploy a mobile lab to gather and process evidence at crime scenes around the state.

The total cost of the projects is about $750,000. That's a portion of the $10 million Cuccinelli's office already has received from Virginia's $115 million share of last year's national settlement with Abbott Laboratories.

Last week, Cuccinelli asked the U.S. Treasury Department to release $30 million of Virginia's share to shore up two state law enforcement retirement plans.

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