Great moments in state exchange success: CO director put on leave after fraud indictment

posted at 8:41 pm on February 12, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

The allegations: She paid herself healthy sums for “consulting” work for her federally funded housing agency in Montana even though she was already paid as a full-time employee, charged homeowners she was “helping” for things that didn’t exist, used federal money for personal travel and paying members of her own family.

She pled not guilty Feb. 6 in Montana.

Colorado saw fit to put her on administrative leave, Lois-Lerner-style, and emphasizes she didn’t have access to anyone’s finances. Whew!

A director with Colorado’s health-care exchange was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday after it was discovered she has been accused of stealing from a nonprofit housing organization she oversaw in Montana.

Christa McClure, 51 is the director of partner engagement for Connect for Health Colorado, the state program that implements the Affordable Care Act in the state.

In her Colorado job, McClure does not have access to any of exchange’s finances, spokesman Ben Davis said. He said the charges against her are “very serious and we are taking this very seriously.”

The full indictment is here.

Previous successes in this series:

Maryland exchange director resigns, was on Caribbean vacation when it imploded

MNSure director forced out after taking vacation while ObamaCare burned

Oh, boy: CoverOregon’s director taking a leave of absence

Number of ObamaCare enrollments through Oregon’s state exchange: Zero. Still.


15 states have spent more than a billion dollars on ObamaCare exchanges

Though I hesitate to trash the states without also noting that state exchanges, boondoggles though they are, seem to at least acknowledge the need for state personnel to pay some price for these failures. At the moment, that’s better than the accountability at the federal level.


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And to think, all this time, we were worried about the navigators that didn’t go through background checks.

blammm on February 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

The Sting was less corrupt than Obamacare.

rbj on February 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

She paid herself healthy sums for “consulting” work for her federally funded housing agency in Montana even though she was already paid as a full-time employee, charged homeowners she was “helping” for things that didn’t exist, used federal money for personal travel and paying members of her own family.

So? When you know it’s a scam to begin with, might as well shove your hands in the cookie jar. After all, what’s the worst that could happen with fellow democrats running things?

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Not even the Democrats took this thing seriously for implementing. Which is why they looted it.

ConstantineXI on February 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Whoa, great minds and all that.

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Not even the Democrats took this thing seriously for implementing. Which is why they looted it.

ConstantineXI on February 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Whoa, great minds and all that.

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Time warp abilities, too.

theotherone on February 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM

The allegations: She paid herself healthy sums for “consulting” work for her federally funded housing agency in Montana even though she was already paid as a full-time employee, charged homeowners she was “helping” for things that didn’t exist, used federal money for personal travel and paying members of her own family.

Sounds like a resume for a Democrat candidate to the presidency. All that’s missing is support for abortion and a strong desire to disarm the citizenry. They’re probably there just not publicly professed.

Oldnuke on February 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Why is she being singled out, isn’t the whole thing fraud.

phatfawzi on February 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Why is she being singled out, isn’t the whole thing fraud.

phatfawzi on February 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Because whoever blew the whistle on her wanted a cut and she told them to eat sh!t.

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Not even the Democrats took this thing seriously for implementing. Which is why they looted it.

ConstantineXI on February 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Whoa, great minds and all that.

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

There’s that dang time machine again. I gotta get me one of them things.

Oldnuke on February 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Q: What the difference between the government and the Mafia?

A: The Mafia has a Code of Honor.

307wolverine on February 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

There’s that dang time machine again. I gotta get me one of them things.

Oldnuke on February 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

If I had one of those I’d be back in 1985.

ConstantineXI on February 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Not even the Democrats took this thing seriously for implementing. Which is why they looted it.

ConstantineXI on February 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Whoa, great minds and all that.

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Not even the Democrats took this thing seriously for implementing. Which is why they looted it.

ConstantineXI on February 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

WTH?

UnstChem on February 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

A director with Colorado’s health-care exchange was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday after it was discovered she has been accused of stealing from a nonprofit housing organization she oversaw in Montana.

Just plead the fifth..

It seems to work….

Electrongod on February 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

WTH?

UnstChem on February 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

It’s the Flux Capacitor thing here on HA…

AP is on it right now…:)

Electrongod on February 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

And people wonder why I’m all about drastically limited government. We give too much power to people who crave too much power.

John the Libertarian on February 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

So, hey GOP, where are you at with drafting up those articles of impeachment?

*crickets*

Left_is_Wrong on February 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Whats this like the two thousandth and some odd number of times a Dim operative has been charged with a crime this year?

StubbornGreenBurros on February 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

These words were penned with exactly the sort of Government which would create ObamaCare in mind:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Marching orders from Messrs Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hancock, Rush, Nelson, et al.

Freelancer on February 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Create a “crisis”, then make money off it. It’s the Democratic way!

GarandFan on February 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Keelhaul the Bastidges!

Katfish on February 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Though I hesitate to trash the states without also noting that state exchanges, boondoggles though they are, seem to at least acknowledge the need for state personnel to pay some price for these failures. At the moment, that’s better than the accountability at the federal level.

The difference is the man in charge. Obama has no need to hold people accountable.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Q: What the difference between the government and the Mafia?

A: The Mafia has a Code of Honor.

307wolverine on February 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

To be fair government has a code as well. Honorable, no, but a code all the same.

All failures are a direct result being over worked and under paid due to budget restraints.

antipc on February 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

One down, many, many, many more to go….

JGinGJ on February 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

It seemed like my state’s exchange had been running much too smoothly compared to the other state exchanges. Now we know why. I still haven’t signed up and “Will not comply” as long as I reasonably can.

UnstChem on February 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

What’s the problem? Valerie Jarrett also sucked money from Federal funding of public housing.

Nothing to see here, move along.

WestTexasBirdDog on February 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM

And people from CO wonder why people in WY and MT are sick of seeing their greenie arses up here.

MH53J on February 13, 2014 at 12:21 AM

ObamaCare, reefers, and a horrible Super Bowl showing: very medicinal.

And possibly linked.

Why did the Broncos get busted like that?

High away from Mile High??

Sherman1864 on February 13, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Just remember, CO voters, that McClure was put into her job by Gov. Hickenlooper when you step into that voting booth in November.

Another Drew on February 13, 2014 at 1:32 AM

Paid administration leave?? How do I get one of them things?

gasmeterguy on February 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM

“We plan to severely punish this public servant.
“Effective immediately, she will be transferred to a higher supervisory role. Because we in state government in Colorado and elsewhere take personal enrichment the public trust very seriously.”

orangemtl on February 13, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I’m shocked, shocked that Bloomie who is surrounded by armed guards and plans to take them into private life with him as he leaves the mayorality of NYC intended to seize legal guns and make law-abiding citizens into some kind of criminal. Imagine that.

rennyangel2 on February 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

No background checks on directors either, eh?

GlobalTrvlr on February 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I’m shocked, shocked that Bloomie who is surrounded by armed guards and plans to take them into private life with him as he leaves the mayorality of NYC intended to seize legal guns and make law-abiding citizens into some kind of criminal. Imagine that.

rennyangel2 on February 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Looks like posting “Fatty” Nadler’s face has distorted space/time./

S. D. on February 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM