Raimondo: Surprised by magnitude of sloppy documentation

PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says she was surprised by the magnitude of the problems found in an audit of the state's disability pension. Auditors found that for years there was either little or no documentation on whether workers were still disabled or working other jobs.

Auditors went through the files back to 1977 and found no documentation of a disability - such as a medical exam signed by a doctor or medical report - from 1990 to 2000 and again in 2003 and 2005.

Raimondo says she has no tolerance for this kind of sloppiness, and her team already is working to collect documentation on every one of the 559 active beneficiaries.

"What we're doing now is reaching out, filing the files and certainly if people at that point don't comply, then they will be held accountable," says Raimondo.

Raimondo says her team is already collecting documentation on everyone collecting a disability pension check. She says at this point, it's not clear who's at fault.

"The documentation was so incomplete that in many instances we do not know if it was the fault of the retirement system in not asking for the information or if it was the fault of the beneficiaries," says Raimondo.

If people don't respond to new requests for documents, she says, their benefits will be suspended.

It could take up to a year to install new policies that document and verify everyone drawing a disability pension check.

Read the audit
To read the disability pension audit, click here.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.