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State Employees Misused California Funds, Audit Finds

A new report released by the California Bureau of State Audits on Thursday shows that Arthur Kassel, a Department of Mental Health employee appointed by former Gov. Pete Wilson (R), was paid more than $51,000 to attend high-profile celebrity events that Auditor Elaine Howle said did not benefit the agency or the state. The report also found that a state psychologist employed at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation used state equipment during regular work hours to conduct business for his private practice, costing the state more than $212,000 in lost productivity over five years.

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