RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A state audit says a high-ranking manager at a regional mental health agency in eastern North Carolina took nearly $550,000 in illegal kickbacks and racked up nearly $120,000 in questionable credit card spending, including using taxpayer money for repairs to his personal fishing boat.
State Auditor Beth Wood issued the findings Tuesday following her office’s lengthy investigation of Eastpointe Human Services, a government-funded managed care organization serving a dozen counties.
The audit primarily focuses on the actions of Eastpointe’s former chief financial officer, who reportedly approved more than $1 million in payments to two unlicensed contractors for renovations at the agency’s offices. According to the audit, those contractors then wrote personal checks back to the chief financial officer.
The audits findings have been referred to the State Bureau of Investigation.
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