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State worker charged with stealing from flex insurance program

Posted October 14, 2015

Chakrapani Tademeti
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— The man who headed the flex insurance programs for North Carolina state workers was indicted Wednesday on charges that he took almost $250,000 from the program for his own use.

A Wake County grand jury indicted Chakrapani Tademeti, 66, of 200 Tecumseh Court in Raleigh, with larceny by employee in excess of $100,000 and obtaining property by false pretense in excess of $100,000.

Tademeti, who retired in March after 20 years with the Office of State Human Resources, managed the NCFlex program that allows state workers to make tax-free contributions to accounts that they can then use to pay medical and child care expenses during the year.

The indictment alleges that, between Aug. 31, 2012, and Feb. 28, 2015, Tademeti obtained reimbursement for $249,950 that he reported spending on conference sponsorships, program advertisements and other services but never actually spent. Instead, according to the indictment, he took that money for his own use.

OSHR Director Neal Alexander said that an internal review in April of a communications account managed by Tademeti that served several benefit plans raised concerns about possible misuse of funds. The State Bureau of Investigation and the Wake County District Attorney's Office were then brought in to review OSHR's findings, and the agency has requested an audit by the Office of State Budget and Management, Alexander said.

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  • SusanandAaron Tambot-Blankenship Oct 14, 2015
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    You lose your retirement if you commit a felony.

  • Phillip Mozingo Oct 14, 2015
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    Google provides wonderful information on all of us.

  • Tom Laurence Oct 14, 2015
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    Agreed. I am very familiar with the State's fiscal year. My main concern is - where were the Internal Controls - that should be happening year round, without an official audit occurring. Take care!

  • Brian White Oct 14, 2015
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    It started in August 2012 and the state's fiscal year runs through July 31st. Annual fiscal audit would have began shortly after and probably concluded early 2014. Add in time to investigate and substantiate the discrepancy, and this doesn't seem like an unusual amount of time.

  • Brian White Oct 14, 2015
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    I take it you know the guy since the article doesn't mention where he is from?

  • Tom Laurence Oct 14, 2015
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    How in the world did this go on for so long, without any red flags being raised? Where is Internal Audit and the State Auditor's office?