Forensic accountant is examining Chartered books, AG says

Accountants are poring over the corporate records of Chartered, headquartered at 15th and L streets NW. (Mike DeBonis/The Washington Post) Accountants are poring over the corporate records of Chartered, headquartered at 15th and L streets NW. (Mike DeBonis/The Washington Post)

Last week, D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) pressed Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan to “pierce the corporate veil” of Chartered Health Plan and go after owner Jeffrey E. Thompson personally for an expected $40 million in unpaid debts to city health providers.

Wednesday, Nathan responded to Catania, confirming that his office is “carefully considering all of our options” — including seizing Thompson’s personal assets. Moreover, Nathan wrote, a “forensic accountant” has been hired by the company’s city-appointed receiver to pore over “all of Chartered’s books and records and related matters.”

“We intend to review the analysis of the forensic accountant before making any final determinations about how the District will proceed with respect to the unsatisfied liabilities incurred by Chartered, but you may be assured that we will pursue all available, appropriate avenues to protect the District’s interests,” Nathan wrote.

Lawyers for Thompson did not reply to a request for comment on Catania’s original letter, and they did not immediately reply Wednesday to a request for comment on Nathan’s letter.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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