State Given 10-Day Stay on Botched $24 Million Lawsuit
Saturday, June 09, 2018
GoLocalProv News Team
|The state is given a stay in the botched $24 million lawsuit|
According to documents, the lawsuit is stayed until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13.
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As GoLocalProv reported on Tuesday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo’s administration has placed the blame for the potential for a more than $24 million loss to state taxpayers on staff lawyer Gregory Hazian for failing to file an appeal in May for the state’s attempted rate reduction to nursing homes — and not on the leadership in the department.
Raimondo then placed the blame on Hazian for the potential loss — not for the department’s lacking oversight structure — Monday evening, when she said she called on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to conduct an investigation.
Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Beane said Monday afternoon, "From the legal [documents] you know our attorney of record failed to advise leadership of this case and took action to conceal his knowledge of the court’s decision. This is inexcusable. We were prepared to move forward with termination but in lieu of that accepted his resignation. We expect our employees to conduct themselves professionally and that did not happen in this case. And while personnel issues exist in any large organization, this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”