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SC politics: Inspector general investigating whether disabled overcharged; plus, governor’s schedule, activities

09/02/2014 8:07 PM

09/02/2014 8:07 PM

Inspector general investigating whether disabled overbilled

South Carolina’s inspector general says he is launching an investigation into whether disabled residents are being overcharged for their care.

Patrick Maley told The Associated Press on Tuesday he has no timeline on his investigation but aims to report his findings as soon as possible for the sake of potential victims.

His inquiry comes after a former commissioner for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs went public with allegations that several of the agency’s providers were incorrectly charging disabled clients for rent in group homes. Deborah McPherson says providers are not properly crediting federal housing subsidies to clients’ accounts.

Special Needs spokeswoman Lois Park Mole says the agency is hiring an outside accounting firm to review local disability boards’ billing. She says residents will be reimbursed for any overpayments.

Governor’s schedule, activities

Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for this week includes a lot of attention to the Charleston area, expected to play a key role in determining who is elected S.C. governor in November. Haley’s publicly announced schedule, released Tuesday by her staff, is:

Thursday, noon: Speak at the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce’s industry appreciation luncheon, Summerville

Friday, 11 a.m.: Speak at the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, North Charleston

Friday, 3:30 p.m.: Speak at the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors’ fall meeting, Charleston

According to her staff, Haley’s activities last week included:

6: Economic development meetings or calls

4: Meetings concerning unspecified state policy or policies

1 each: Call to American Idol winner Candice Glover of Beaufort; also, a legislative meeting; also, an appearance at a Kershaw County Chapter of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia meeting; also, an address to a rally of child-welfare advocates; also, a meeting with a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Busiest days: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with four activities each

Slowest day: Wednesday, with one activity

The Associated Press, staff reports

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