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State audits find prison, hospital payroll abuses
State audits find prison, hospital payroll abuses

Audits of a state prison and psychiatric hospital detail hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper payments and financial problems, including outright payroll fraud, and medical staff and guards receiving questionable bonuses and holiday pay, according to reports released Wednesday. The financial reviews at California's Sacramento prison near Folsom and the Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino are among 14 state agency audits required this year in the wake of payroll abuses uncovered two years ago at California's parks department. The reviews, conducted by the state Controller, found rates of unauthorized or improper pay in as many as 88% of the relatively small number of...

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