Another ObamaCare Success Story: Colorado Exchange Director Indicted for Fraud, Theft

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

They claim she was thoroughly vetted. Oops. Now when will Obama be indicted for fraud?

State health care exchange officials said they had thoroughly vetted Christa Ann McClure, the Connect for Health Colorado director they placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday after learning she had been indicted for stealing from her last employer.

McClure, 51, pleaded not guilty Feb. 6 in federal District Court in Montana to eight counts of theft and fraud from a nonprofit housing agency in Billings.

She was indicted Jan. 16 and notified her current Denver employer, the state-sponsored health exchange, on Monday, a few days after the story broke in Montana media, Connect for Health spokesman Ben Davis said in a telephone interview.

Connect for Health performed a criminal background check and checked references before hiring McClure in March, Davis said.

“She was completely clean,” he said. Her position as executive director of Housing Montana of Billings, he said, made her well-qualified for her post as Connect for Health’s director of partner engagement — she was liaison with state and federal partners, such as Medicaid officials. The job pays $130,000 a year.

“Integrity and public trust are paramount to the mission of Connect for Health Colorado,” Davis said in a statement released Wednesday. “We take extensive measures to protect consumer information and technology systems.”

Sure they do.

The allegations are now part of a scandal-riddled narrative for federal and state health insurance exchanges — under the microscope of political opponents looking for missteps, local political and communications consultants said.

“This simply contributes to the fact that the overall implementation of health-insurance reform has been troubled by an endless series of embarrassments,” said political analyst Floyd Ciruli. “This can’t help.”

Eric Anderson, of communications consulting firm SE2, said public reaction to allegations against McClure probably would be magnified because of the politically charged atmosphere surrounding the new health care law.

Yeah, how dare anyone play politics with the biggest political issue of our time.

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4 Responses to “Another ObamaCare Success Story: Colorado Exchange Director Indicted for Fraud, Theft”

  1. Blue Hen on 14/14/14 at 4:21 am

    1. Unless you have a receipt showing sole ownership, piss off.
    2. If she was a rethuglickkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkan, the charge alone would be enough.
    3. In the words of the dear leader, “they acted stupidly”

  2. Don in the MidWest on 14/14/14 at 12:04 pm

    Regarding a criminal background check (I cannot comment on how extensive they checked with references).

    Meh…. that missing background can happen

    As someone who has worked in the criminal justice system for 35+ years, I’m more then a little familier with the system. It’s really simple to understand how fingers are pointing here about how “bad” the check was, since nothing showed up.

    The _only_ way for someone to show up on a criminal history sheet, aka “rap” sheet is to be fingerprinted.


    Until someone is arrested, no prints are entered into the national (or individual state) system. Call it a weakness, or feature, I don’t care, but that’s the way a subjects file is built.

    There are a number of states (including mine) who are working on networking various PD’s records management systems so that a name can be checked, and if they had been listed as a witness, victim or un-charged/arrested suspect in another county, a response suggesting to check further would be sent.

    This type of inter-connected system would help in the cases of “professional” or career victims. And there _is_ that type of individual out there, who would have no regrets about falsely testifying to place someone in prison…