Legislative Auditor Sharply Criticizes Dayton Cabinet Member

Updated: 04/18/2012 6:56 PM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

The Legislative Auditor is not happy with the Commissioner of Human Services.

Legislative Auditor James Nobles tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he thinks Commissioner Lucinda Jesson did not comply with the law when he requested key documents critical to a probe into Minnesota's $4 billion Medicaid program.

Nobles says he is trying to get to the bottom of a $30 million donation to the state made by one of the four HMOs that run the state's Medicaid program. Nobles says if the donation is really a refund of over payments made by taxpayers into the Medicaid program, Minnesota is illegally holding on to $15 million that belongs to the federal government.

Commissioner Jesson tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that she thought she fully complied with the auditor and plans to meet with Nobles to clear things up and cooperate fully.

Governor Mark Dayton tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he has full confidence in Jesson's actions.