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State uncovers misuse of funds at Gateway

Special to SEGAZINE

When the state took over Gateway Behavioral Health Services in July, it showed Glynn County that deep seeded problems of misuse of state funds and conflicts of interest can find roots even in a community service board created more than 30 years ago to help those who do not have the means to help themselves.

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities stepped in July 17 and installed an interim manager to operate Gateway after the organization had operated at a more than $3 million loss for several years.

Within two months of taking over, interim chief executive David Crews released a report that detailed how former CEO Frank Bonati, who retired June 30, had overseen the diversion of state funds intended for mental health care to a bottling plant in Camden County that continually lost money, gave contracts to members of the board of directors that created conflicts of interest and paid more than $1 million for a property Crews said was not worth that much.

via The Brunswick News

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