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Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 16:42

New River Behavioral Health Care officials have requested that auditors search their bookkeeping for any evidence of “embezzlement or financial malfeasance of funds,” that in a letter from Zach Henderson, Chair of the New River Service Authority. Henderson was writing about the current status of New River with the Ashe Commission, revealing they were undergoing an independent audit which was showing losses of $3 million dollars for New River. Watauga Commission chair Nathan Miller said at the end of their meeting this morning that he has not seen the $3 million figure, but that he has heard it. Miller said that, in 2006, when New River came under the umbrella of Smoky Mountain Center, there was a multi-million dollar surplus.  Now money is gone.  With these questions top of mind to commissioners, there may be some tough questioning when the first new board—five commissioners as voting members—one from each county, with each county’s manager as ex-officio member, meet in the Watauga Commission meeting room, with Smoky Mountain Center representatives. Should make for some interesting information.

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