By BECKY BOHRER
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska lawmaker wants the state Department of Law to review whether the leaking of a confidential audit merits prosecution.
State Sen. Bert Stedman said it was discovered during an audit of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority that its CEO, Mike Abbott, had released a copy of the preliminary audit to a reporter.
Stedman said preliminary audits are considered to be confidential documents. In a statement, the Sitka Republican says the confidentiality of audits in progress must be maintained.
Stedman chairs the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee. His vice-chair, Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson, says he supports Stedman’s position.
Misuse of confidential information is a misdemeanor.
Messages seeking comment were left for Abbott and the Mental Health Trust Authority, and the Department of Law.