• Fall River Herald News: $11K stolen from tourist bureau

    October 31, 2012 - The following content was originally published by the Fall River Herald News

    A state audit has determined a lack of fiscal control, including the theft of funds by a contracted employee, at the Southeastern Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    The audit, conducted by the office of State Auditor Suzanne Bump, allegedly revealed the agency failed to comply with its grant agreements with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism resulting in the bureau inappropriately keeping $50,503. Additional auditing found that deficiencies in the bureau’s internal controls resulted in a theft of $11,500 by a contracted employee, and that the bureau’s board of directors permitted a board member to serve as the real estate agent for the sale of bureau property in New Bedford, which was an apparent “conflict-of-interest.”

    Board President Dick Shafer said the board has reviewed the audit and took no issue with the findings.

    Read more in the Fall River Herald News

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  • Springfield Republican: Massachusetts state audit identifies inadequate oversight

    October 17, 2012 - The following content was originally published by the Springfield Republican

    A report issued by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump's office Wednesday concluded that the MassHealth state-wide health care system has inadequate oversight of its own guidelines for determining who is eligible for taxpayer-subsidized health care. The result may be unnecessary costs to the taxpayer, to the tune of millions of dollars.

    Bump said that while her office routinely audits different aspects of the MassHealth program and Medicaid expenses, this specific endeavor was aimed at determining the extent to which the program follows its own policies.

    The conclusion was that MassHealth is not doing enough to verify the eligibility of those who apply for subsidized health care and not following up thoroughly on investigations sparked by conflicting information about residency and income submitted by potential program members.

    "We recognize that MassHealth has a very difficult job to maintain health access for people whose job and residency may lack stability," Bump said. "But at the same time, they have a responsibility to the tax payers to find the balance between access and the program's integrity."

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