HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana State Auditor’s Office is trying to reach thousands of state residents who might be eligible for reimbursement from a $285,000 settlement in an insurance fraud case.

The Helena Independent Record reported Saturday the auditor’s office found more than 3,600 names in the files of companies involved in the case. Auditor’s spokesman Kyle Schmauch estimated between a couple dozen to a couple thousand of them might be eligible for repayment.

The auditor’s office settled with call centers, insurance companies and individuals who allegedly used fraudulent tactics to sell short-term health insurance to Montanans.

Schmauch says the companies and individuals involved either changed their practices or stopped doing business in Montana after the settlement.

He says it could take up to six months to determine who is eligible for reimbursements.

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Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com