Auditor Troubled Over Altered Mental Health Audit

Nov 26, 2013

State Auditor Hector Balderas' office says the Human Services Department provided it with an audit report that had been altered to remove a conclusion that auditors found no "credible evidence of fraud" in a review of case files for mental health providers under investigation for potential overbilling and fraud.

Balderas obtained a subpoena last week from a Santa Fe judge to try to shed more light on the alterations.

Balderas said in court filings the department's failure to provide a complete version of the report — as required by a court order — jeopardized work his office is doing related to the state's freeze on provider Medicaid payments.

A department spokesman said the report change was made because it's the agency's sole responsibility to determine if there's evidence of fraud.

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