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WAYNE DOLCEFINO CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE CYPRESS CREEK EMS

CYPRESS CREEK EMS FACES AUDIT SCRUTINY

MILLIONS OF HARRIS COUNTY TAX DOLLARS INVOLVED

 

More trouble for the Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services tonight, and the outcome could affect 500,000 Harris County residents.

Commissioners of ESD #11 voted to hire an auditor to inspect records detailing the use of more than 10 million dollars in tax funds provided to Cypress Creek EMS. The audit comes amidst growing questions about the ambulance service’s finances.

The latest questions concern nearly $750,000 taxpayers pay for medical supplies for CCEMS ambulances. Some commissioners claim bigger ambulance companies spent hundreds of thousands dollars less. Last month, the ESD slashed nearly 2 million dollars from the proposed CCEMS budget after financial discrepancies surfaced. Today commissioners held back $14,000 from the latest medical supplies bill, and ordered CCEMS to begin competitive bidding for medical supplies.

CCEMS Executive Director, Brad England, now faces growing scrutiny. England will not tell taxpayers how much he made last year and CCEMS has refused to provide details of his current payroll or that of any other individual employee. A review of American Express records by Dolcefino Consulting show England has spent tens of thousands of dollars in fine dining restaurants amidst evidence some 911 medical payments are being used to pay for alcohol.

The Harris County District Attorney has already filed criminal charges against CCEMS for violations of transparency laws. CCEMS has ignored a ruling from the Texas Attorney General to provide the information to Dolcefino Consulting. A former medical billing company has now filed suit against CCEMS, claiming the contract was improperly steered toward relatives of a CCEMS official.

CCEMS has now filed a lawsuit against the Texas Attorney General trying to keep the information confidential, even though taxpayers are being asked to pay $7.4 million of the salaries. The rest of the CCEMS budget comes from the money paid for the 911 service they provide to Harris County taxpayers, but CCEMS denies those are even public funds.

Stay tuned.

BY WAYNE DOLCEFINO

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  1. LocalDrifter

    Not everything I submit gets published here but whenever I feel it’s time to introduce myself to the staff of MCPR to reveal just who this LocalDrifter fellow truly is and shake their hand, bad luck has them either filming me sitting in the back of a squad car or being escorted with my hands cuffed behind my back.

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  2. gettalife

    This most likely wont even get posted because the only people left that aren’t censored and make it past the (ahem) high marks of journalistic importance on this site are the police and friends of Jamie Nash and Scott Engle but here goes anyway….Local drifter…gettalife 🙂

  3. LocalDrifter

    On first reading I smell nothing improper going on here regarding keeping salaries and payroll confidential from taxpayers and I have a trained nose for sniffing out improprieties.

    – Thank you for your consultation report, Mr. Drifter. Here’s a $50,000 check for your services.
    – – Any time, Brad. Would next month be too soon?

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