Human Services ignores deadline to hand over audit

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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 11:30 pm | Updated: 12:31 am, Tue Jul 23, 2013.

The state Human Services Department ignored a Monday deadline to allow State Auditor Hector Balderas access to an independent audit that reportedly found $36 million in Medicaid overpayments and “credible allegations of fraud” against 15 mental health providers whose Medicaid funds were subsequently frozen.

State Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier earlier this month refused Balderas’ request for a copy of the audit, which was performed by a Boston company. So Balderas took the matter to court last week and got a subpoena signed by state District Judge Sarah Singleton of Santa Fe.

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  • Dominic Montoya posted at 4:50 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Dominic Montoya Posts: 58

    This is just one instance that voters need to consider when they decide if Susana Martinez is good for our state. In my personal opinion, it seems rather obvious that the Martinez administration believes it is above the law. By statute, the responsibility of the State Auditor's Office is to ensure that ALL State Agencies are operating with sound fiscal policies and procedures. Where does this office gather this information? Through independent audits. I can't believe Secretary Squier feels she has the right to ignore the law and not provide information that another office is legally entitled to review.

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 1:55 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481


    I know exactly what you mean, but she's simply dancing to the tune her boss is playing. I mean, really, the State Auditor doesn't "do" audits? To use that logic in one sense proves my point that the Governor doesn' govern.

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 1:51 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Did anyone see the governor on KOB-TV last night saying "The State Audior does not do audits?"

    Now that's a special kind of STUPID.

  • marryann montoya posted at 9:09 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    maryannmontoya Posts: 31

    Why is the Auditor's office waiting for Squier to hand over the court ordered HSD Audit? Just go to Squier's office with your court order and the state police and get it. Golly, does everyone have to think for you people? Why do you make things so difficult? Just go get the darn documents!!! jeez!!

  • Kenneth Davis posted at 8:20 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    concerned and confused Posts: 43

    Of course HSD ignored the deadline. Secretary Squier has already demonstrated that she feels she is above the law in this whole matter. The no bid contracts with Arizona Companies, ignoring the state legislature, ignoring federal court orders, refusing the state auditor, illegally seizing private corporations (Non-profits are not state owned ergo are private) and awarding them to these companies from Arizona, enacting punitive action against these agencies without informing them of the specific alleged charges against them, entering breach of contract with these agencies by refusing to pay while demanding that the agencies uphold their part of the contract. All of these actions are not legal and are specifically designed to ruin these agencies at an additional 21 million dollar cost (Which incidentally is a lot of money to spend without legislative approval) to an already strained behavioral health budget.
    What is Secretary Squire trying to hide? She needs to be called to account for these actions and if she continues refusing to comply with legal authority should be removed from office.

  • mark mocha posted at 7:55 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 210

    First off, how about the names of the other 14 agencies. Secondly, This woman is a State employee, meaning MY tax dollars pay her probably highly inflated salary. The fact that she will not turn over those results only casts a shadow of suspicion on her and her office so all she is doing is making her staff look as guilty as she looks. Where do State employees get the nerve to act this way? In the private sector she would be locked out of her office and find her last check in the mail. here she will either be given a raise or a severance package that would make Bill Gates blush. Only in New Mexico.


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