SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) has settled a lawsuit brought by a former manager who alleged the agency retaliated against him for making allegations of rampant fraud in a series of local newspaper reports. Robert Ortiz, deputy director of the DOH’s administrative services division, alleged he was fired in June 2012 for exposing financial fraud within the agency’s federally funded Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. The Santa Fe Reporter picked up the story, interviewing Mr. Ortiz and another whistleblower who made additional allegations of financial fraud and nepotistic hiring practices by the agency’s upper ... Read More
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