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City Atty. to probe patient-dumping case

July 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will investigate the settlement of a patient-dumping case to see if the money was distributed properly.In April, College Hospital in Costa Mesa agreed to pay $1.6 million after it was accused of dumping some 150 mentally ill patients on Los Angeles's Skid Row. But while four support agencies for the homeless, including the Union Rescue Mission, received just $50,000 in settlement funds, $900,000 went to an organization in Pasadena to provide grief counseling for school children.

The settlement was reached by then-City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. Trutanich's chief deputy, Bill Carter, while declining to comment on confidential decisions made by the office in the past, told the Associated Press that it appeared the settlement money may not have reached the right hands.

"We want these funds to be received by the communities that are directly affected or impacted by the violations," said Carter, "In these particular cases, that would be the entities and people doing this work on Skid Row, downtown."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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