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D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickels and Mayor Adrian Fenty discuss the irregularities in the city's Disability Compensation Program.
Elliott Francis
D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickels and Mayor Adrian Fenty discuss the irregularities in the city's Disability Compensation Program.

By Elliott Francis

The irregularities uncovered in the District's Disability Compensation Program first surfaced through an unexpected denial of benefits. Attorney General Pete Nickles says his office began its investigation into the matter following public testimony earlier this year.

At the end of May there was a hearing in city council, and a woman announced that she had had a death in the family. She said the woman was a D.C. employee on disability, and she had made an inquiry of the insurance company as to how to collect the benefits on her life insurance. When she made that inquiry the response was: we don't have your name. That was very troubling.

The probe revealed employee premiums were transferred into an insurance fund, but later used for something other than paying for premiums.

Nickles says a detailed audit is being conducted by the city's inspector general.

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