Cindy Byrd, CPA
Working For Us
Auditor spotlights town ex-official's financial misdeeds
Auditor: School's mismanagement largest abuse of taxpayer funds in history
Audited charter schools agree to return $20 million to state
Auditor: School superintendent misused taxpayer dollars
Auditor says town violated purchasing laws
Auditor finds problems with COVID-19 relief-fund spending
Largest school cuts ties with founders following audit
Auditor: Mayor profited from purchases without council oversight
Schools' founder saw quest for financial information as threat to business
Grand jury releases report on audited charter schools
Charter schools settle after audit exposed misuse of taxpayer money
Elected official indicted for embezzlement and perjury following audit
Scathing audit of charter schools reveals numerous problems
Auditor: Medicaid agency failed to verify income eligibility
Auditor: Circuit engineering district violated several state laws
Auditor cites complaints against former state school official
City manager under investigation by OSBI after audit
Embezzlement charges filed against town official following audit
Auditor uncovers suspicious activity at state agency
Cindy Byrd, CPA
By The Numbers
Just a few examples of what Cindy Byrd and her team uncovered in just four years at just the state level of government:
$1.6 billion in questionable Medicaid expenditures
They performed a first-of-its-kind-in-the-nation audit of Medicaid expenditures, investigating and exposing weaknesses in the healthcare agency that administers the Medicaid program. They reported that approximately 35% of expenditures made during FY2019 were paid on behalf of thousands of individuals whose incomes were never verified to determine that they were eligible for benefits. Applying the 35% error rate to the State’s FY2019 Medicaid expenditures of $5 billion resulted in $1.6 billion in questioned expenditures.
$200 million in misappropriated public-education funds
They exposed, among others, the largest amount of misappropriated funds in the history of the state when the governor’s requested audit of the largest public school resulted in more than $200 million in questioned expenditures that were siphoned out of the school’s general fund and placed into private accounts. It is estimated that millions of taxpayer funds dedicated to Oklahoma students’ educations were inappropriately diverted to enrich two businessmen who created a complex scheme with a public charter school funded with tax dollars. Some of these funds dedicated for student learning were traced to their business accounts in California.
$5.4 million in improper COVID-19 expenditures
They investigated the expenditure of COVID funds through the State Department of Health and revealed that $5.4 million was spend on purchases of personal protective equipment that were never received by the State. They also revealed weaknesses in processes and potential violations of the state Constitution during their audit of spending during the pandemic, when fraud was rampant across the nation.
In addition, Cindy Byrd and her teams have uncovered corruption, fraud, abuse, and waste at the local levels of government, which has resulted in the removal of some officials from office, and have revamped local-government reporting for more-transparent information.
Additionally, Cindy Byrd promised to build relationships with the taxpayers' elected state legislators so that they would be kept fully informed of problems and issues brought to light from audits. Through Byrd's communications with legislators, meaningful legislation has been passed that will increase transparency and accountability of taxpayer dollars.
Cindy Byrd with other state auditors who worked with her on a plan to audit Medicaid services across the country. Byrd led a first-of-its-kind audit in Oklahoma, revealing that approximately 37% of recipients did not have income eligibilities verified.