Top Montana officials accused of stifling auditors' work
Former Montana auditors have accused state officials of discouraging Department of Health and Human Services staffers from investigating a variety of questioned payments dating back to 2005.
Gov. Steve Bullock said through a spokeswoman he was made aware of DPHHS staffers’ concerns about what they believed to be fraudulent financial transactions while serving as attorney general. He said those questions were forwarded to the legislative auditor, who Bullock said investigated and failed to find evidence of fraud, waste or abuse.
Legislative Auditor Angus Maciver, who was appointed to the position earlier this summer, found no such reports sent to his division by the then attorney general, but said the Attorney General’s Office occasionally asks legislative auditors for help on its own investigations. Maciver declined to offer details on the “confidential criminal justice information” involved in those probes.