Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Poor Governance at its Best

by Gary Snyder

This agency distributed checks that weren’t legitimate. Work was not performed. The phone numbers were fictitious, disconnected or belonged to someone else. The Seattle Aging and Disability Services kept doling out over $91,000 for those that were to receive services from the Kinship Care program for Senior Services.

It took an anonymous tip to the city Human Services Department that got an investigation rolling. No city employees were implicated in the alleged theft, but four were disciplined for not adequately investigating complaints of fraud in the city-funded program with at least two leaving. One city employee even gave the perpetrators advance notice that there had been a fraud allegation and that she would be examining invoices and spending. She was terminated.

The Kinship Caregiver program, which provided support to seniors who had sudden responsibility for their grandchildren, is now being managed by Catholic Community Services. (link)

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