Wednesday, February 3, 2010
San Diego County officials say the state controller is wrong in his claim that the county may have paid out more than half a million dollars to dead people.
State Controller John Chiang says San Diego County made $539,000 in questionable payments in 2008 to In-Home Supportive Services clients or employees who were listed as dead.
Pam Smith, who runs San Diego's program, disputes those findings and she says she can't figure out why Chiang is generating doubt about In-Home Supportive Services.
"Frankly, we were very surprised, alarmed and perplexed by why they did this," Smith said. "And we are not aware of any case in this period of time where we have continued to pay a provider after the client had passed away."
In response to Smith's comments, a representative from Chiang's office would only say that if San Diego County has resolved its issues, that's wonderful news.