Audit Questions Abstinence Contracts

Monday, July 20, 2009 - 10:56am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A newly released audit says the former
chief of the Governor's Program on Abstinence steered contracts to
an organization she created, and some of the money was paid to her
son.
The audit also says Gail Dignam, who was abstinence program
director under former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, directed state money to
an organization that paid Dignam thousands of dollars.
The Legislative Auditor's Office says both situations appear to
violate state law that prohibits public employees from using their
positions to benefit themselves.
The report was released Monday.
Dignam issued a response saying she disagreed with the audit's
findings. Gov. Bobby Jindal replaced Dignam, and his administration
says it hasn't renewed any of the contracts at issue in the audit.

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