ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - 9 Investigates uncovered fired Orange County employees were getting free
health care, and taxpayers paid for it.
Eyewitness News started asking questions and found out what the county is doing now to fix the problem.
"The insurance would go so high we couldn't keep up with
Woods is paying more to go to the
"It's apparent someone is asleep at the wheel," Wood said.
A recent audit showed Orange County paid $317,000 in claims for terminated employees in 2009 and 2010.
"That money is
Auditors found termination dates were not entered into the system for weeks or
Orange County comptroller Martha Haynie said her auditors used
"That's one of the things we were unhappy to find but glad we discovered it," Haynie said.
When they compared the
"We think it's [a] problem that needs to be fixed," Haynie said.
Eyewitness News tried to find out the source of the breakdown.
The director of Orange County's human resources wouldn't place
"We now have opportunity to identify those and correct it in the system so we are only paying for claims that are eligible," Ricardo Daye, director of
Daye said the
Even so, Woods said it's taxpayer money.
"They need to act like it's their money being wasted at $300,000," Wood said.
Not all terminated employees were fired. Some of them quit, retired or left the
The county couldn't recover the money lost in 2009 and 2010 but now has the ability to get money back when claims are improperly paid.
The comptroller said this proves the system of checks and balances works.
She said that new software is helping her team analyze data more quickly so county problems can be detected and corrected.
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