AUDITOR’S REPORT: Attorney Overbilled State

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A special investigation by the State Auditor’s Office shows a lawyer contracted with the State Public Defender’s Office submitted false billing documents.

The investigation identified over $177,000 in improper disbursements to Ney McDaniel during a period between 2007 and 2011. McDaniel contracted with the public defender’s office in Clay County.

The report by the auditor’s office showed McDaniel claimed hours he didn’t work, including 80 days were he claimed to have worked 24 hours or more. He was paid over $81,000 for those days.

The investigation also found McDaniel improperly claimed gas mileage.

State Public Defender Sam Langholz says he terminated McDaniel’s contract more than two years ago.

Due to this case, the state has been reviewing other contract attorneys.

Following the review, Langholz says he’s terminated the contracts of four other attorneys for similar overbilling issues.