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December 18, 2015

Audit Cites Colo. Disability Group for 'Shameful' Misspending

Denver city officials released an audit Thursday accusing a nonprofit serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities of misusing some $1.8 million in taxpayer funds, The Denver Post and The Denver Channel report.

Among other findings, auditors said Rocky Mountain Human Services has overcharged Denver by $650,000 for administrative expenses since January 2014; paid for employees' home Internet service and memberships at discount store Costco; and used city dollars for fundraising and service provision far outside Denver. City Auditor Tim O'Brien called the charity's handling of public money "shameful."

Rocky Mountain Human Services has received $121 million from the city since 2003, when voters approved a property-tax levy to support services for the disabled. Earlier this year the nonprofit fired its chief executive, who was paid nearly $480,000 in 2014, and chief financial officer. Interim CEO Shari Repinski said the organization has cut spending by 17 percent, reducing staff and salaries and scaling back perks.