Mismanagement of child support funds in Breathitt County discovered

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- An investigation is underway into over payments made to the office of the Breathitt County Attorney relating to the use of Child Support Enforcement money.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is looking for a return of almost $86,000 from the office Breathitt County Attorney Gary Salyers after Child Support Enforcement staff discovered significant billing irregularities.

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They notified the CHFS Office of Inspector General about the irregularities.

The Breathitt County Attorney’s office is contracted with the Kentucky Department of Income Support to operate the local program which uses both state and federal tax dollars.

The investigation unearthed systemic mismanagement of child support enforcement dollars, over-billing, and billing for services which doesn’t appear to have actually been performed.

The investigation uncovered three areas where the Breathitt County Attorney over billed the Commonwealth for services.

In a letter to the Breathitt County Attorney sGary, CHFS Deputy Secretary Judge Timothy Feeley stated that CHFS takes the mismanagement of Child Support Enforcement funds with the utmost seriousness.

“The funds are intended as a safety net to support families in need of child support services, such as the location of a custodial parent and enforcement of support payments,” said Judge Feeley. “As a taxpayer supported program, we must adhere to the highest standard of accountability and ensure these funds are being used as intended.”

Results of the investigation were shared with the states Attorney General for further review. The Attorney Generals office has advised CHFS that it will not pursue any criminal action against Mr. Salyers.

CHFS and Salyers are discussing a repayment plan which will recoup the overcharges.

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