At a hearing, the director of the state’s Medi-Cal agency apologized to lawmakers for “systematic breakdowns” in oversight of California’s taxpayer-funded network of drug rehabilitation clinics for the needy.
A Southern California medical director approved counseling for hundreds of patients without seeing them. His signature triggered millions in taxpayer funding that went to 16 clinics suspected of fraud.
Traffic citation fines have skyrocketed over the last decade, with some common infractions now costing close to $500. The growth is due to penalty assessments – fees that pay for projects ranging from court construction to DNA research for solving crimes.
Police Protective Fund raises millions of dollars each year in the name of fallen officers. Now, four men in charge of the charity’s telemarketing operations have been arrested on charges of hiring felons to raise that money.