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Sen. Ted Lieu: Audit of state drug rehabilitation programs shows massive fraud, costing millions
Audit follows investigation request
   SACRAMENTO – Responding to the release today of an audit he requested, Sen. Ted Lieu today expressed outrage that there has been massive fraud – costing taxpayers millions of dollars – in drug-rehabilitation programs overseen by California’s Drug Medi-Cal program.
   “This is a deeply troubling audit,” Lieu, D-Redondo Beach, said about the review conducted by California State Auditor Elaine Howle Howle at the request of Lieu and Asm. Adam Gray, D-Merced, chair of Joint Legislative Audit Committee.  “It confirms that there has been widespread fraud in California’s Drug Medi-Cal program, and it’s ongoing.”
   Gray agreed.
   “This audit clearly demonstrates a lack of accountability within these drug treatment programs,” Gray said. “Numerous fraudulent payments were made to providers for services they never performed.” 
   Howle’s report on the California Department of Health Care Services and the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and the administration of the Drug Medi-Cal Treatment Program can be foundHERE Read Lieu's letter requesting the audit HERE. Link to the CNN story HERE. Link to the CIR story HERE: Read Sen. Lieu's Press Release HERE: Listen to Sen. Lieu talk about the audit HERE: