Wos successor: DHHS will cooperate with federal prosecutors

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s new state health secretary says his agency is cooperating with federal prosecutors looking for possible criminal wrongdoing.

Rick Brajer spoke Monday, three days after news that prosecutors issued subpoenas to the Department of Health and Human Services to gather information about high-priced work agreements former DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos reached with four contractors.

Prosecutors also want information about a former agency director singled out in a State Auditor’s report that found at least $1.6 million in wasteful spending tied to temporary help to launch a new Medicaid billing system.

Brajer succeeded Wos as DHHS head in mid-August. He says he accepted the position before the subpoenas were received in late July.

Wos has enlisted prominent Charlotte attorney James Cooney to represent her. He declined comment on the subpoenas.

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