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.
- "Audit Chronicles State Employee Abuse and Bad Management" (Ortiz, "The State Worker," Sacramento Bee, 8/25).
- "California Mental Health Executive Wasted Public Funds, Audit Finds" (McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, 8/26).
- "California Workers Wasted State Funds, Audit Says" (Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 8/26).