Selected reports issued by the Office of the State Comptroller during the week ending July 16, 2016
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.
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released an independent fiduciary and conflict of interest review of 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 audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Auditors determined that the procedures used by Westchester officials 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.