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LOCKPORT – The Bonadio Group of Pittsford is to receive a new contract to continue auditing providers of Medicaid services in Niagara County, looking for fraud.

Two County Legislature committees approved the contract renewal this week for Bonadio, an auditing firm that has handled the job since the county joined a state Medicaid fraud demonstration project in 2009. No other firm bid.

Social Services Commissioner Anthony J. Restaino said Bonadio is paid based on the number of audits performed. Its pay has ranged from $100,000 to $130,000 a year, except in 2012, when the state placed a temporary moratorium on Medicaid audits, and the cost fell to $62,000.