Selected reports issued by the Office of the State Comptroller during the week ending July 16, 2016
Source: Office of the State Comptroller
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New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the arrest of Bradford Volunteer Fire Company Treasurer Sherry Hamilton. She was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony, after an audit and investigation by DiNapoli’s office, working with the New York State Police and Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, uncovered that Hamilton misappropriated more than $8,000 in fire company funds by allegedly taking "advance" payments on company activities and manipulating company bank accounts and records.
Since taking office in 2007, DiNapoli has committed to fighting public corruption and encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse. Individuals can report allegations of fraud involving public funds by calling the toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by transmitting an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by filing a complaint online athttp://osc.state.ny.us/investigations/complaintform2.htm or by mailing a complaint to Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released an independent fiduciary and conflict of interest reviewof the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) that commended the Fund for its strong policies and ethical management, stating that DiNapoli’s office "maintains a very high level of ethical, professional and conflict of interest standards." Funston Advisory Services, who conducted the review, repeatedly warned, however, that existing constraints on the Fund’s staffing and compensation could have current and future consequences.
United HealthCare and Amerigroup, managed care organizations that contract with the Department of Health to provide health services under the state’s Medicaid program, made at least $6.6 million in improper and questionable payments to ineligible providers over a four-year period, including almost $60,000 in payments to pharmacies for medications that were prescribed by deceased doctors, according to an auditreleased by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Audits of State entities released by State Comptroller DiNapoli
An audit issued in May 2014 found the authority did not follow state Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements for classifying, reporting and repairing bridge defects. Instead, the PANYNJ followed its own methods and did not always comply with DOT’s requirement for an annual interim inspection if the repairs are not completed. Further, auditors noted that 10 of the 17 safety conditions sampled were not repaired for more than two years, including three which were open for five years. In a follow-up, auditors determined PANYNJ officials made progress in correcting the problems identified.
Auditors determined that the procedures used by Westchesterofficials to certify students for state financial aid substantially complied with the governing law and regulations.
Although SED is responsible for monitoring the New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) preferred source contracting program activities, it has provided only minimal oversight. As such, there is little assurance that NYSID is awarding contracts in a manner that best meets the purpose of the program, that member agencies and corporate partners are meeting contract requirements, and that the majority of the contracted work is being completed by disabled workers. Auditors also looked at the role that OGS plays in the program and found OGS is appropriately fulfilling its current responsibilities under the program. Nonetheless, auditors identified opportunities for OGS to improve its effectiveness.