Questionable spending uncovered at Substance Abuse Services office

Posted at: 03/03/2014 4:05 PM
Updated at: 03/03/2014 5:14 PM
By: WNYT Staff

NewsChannel 13’s Waste Watchers have uncovered questionable spending by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

A comptroller's audit questions nearly $1 million of reimbursements paid by OASAS to Samaritan Village. That's a New York City group that provides residential, outpatient and methadone treatment.

The audit looked at reimbursements made from July 2009 through June 2010.

The questionable expenses include a bonus check for more than $1,000 given to 203 employees. Also under scrutiny is more than $400,000 given to clients to spend on day trips and transportation.

If you see government waste, email wastewatchers@wnyt.com and we will investigate.