The Edited Audit
A heavily redacted portion of the audit was released in October and at least one of the private auditor’s conclusion directly contradicted the administration.
|State Auditor Hector Balderas|
The original audit, provided to the administration from PCG, and to the Attorney General from the administration, bluntly reports:
PCG’s Case File Audit did not uncover what it would consider to be credible allegations of fraud, nor any significant concerns related to consumer safety.”
In court documents filed in Santa Fe District Court in November, State Auditor Hector Balderas contends that HSD officials admit they altered that original audit, removing any reference to not finding fraud, before providing it to him.
Balderas went back to court in November seeking the unaltered audit by subpoena. The State Auditor’s Office also demands answers as to why Martinez’s HSD Secretary altered a public record.
Though the investigation is still underway, it should be noted that New Mexico law makes it a felony for a public official to alter a public record
- The Martinez administration spent $3 million for an audit to find fraud, an element required by law to stop payments and replace the providers.
- There wasn’t any fraud and that’s what the auditors reported.
- The administration was already working with Arizona firms on takeover plans and without a finding of “credible allegations of fraud” they couldn’t proceed.
- So, the administration just erased the facts that contradicted their agenda then made up new facts and did what they planned to do all along.
Read the Court filings from the State Auditor below.