The politically-connected class always seems to get away with things. If you or I break a law, we're likely to suffer the legal consequence. But the St Paul Swamp dwellers get separate treatment, or at least it appears that way according to a newly published audit by the DHS Internal Audit Office (IAO).
IAO was investigating the Behavioral Health Division (BHD) based on whistleblower complaints of laws not being followed, conflicts of interest among DHS staff and careless or suspect vetting of grant recipients.
The report concluded "BHD management and staff did not always follow Minnesota Statutes or OGM and DHS policies when it comes to conflicts of interest". IAO recommended mandatory staff training to solve the issue.
IAO also found that BHD advanced funds to 74% of the grantees investigated without sufficient justification. This made DHS susceptible to having taxpayer money misspent.