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Embattled DHHS spokesman Diaz resigning for DC job

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The communications director for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is resigning, five days after he provided reporters false information about a serious privacy breach involving Medicaid cards for 49,000 children that were mailed to the wrong addresses.

Ricky Diaz announced his resignation Wednesday on Twitter, saying he is proud to be joining a small public affairs and media relations firm in Washington, D.C.

The announcement comes after DHHS was forced to clarify over the weekend that officials had learned of the Medicaid card problems days earlier than Diaz initially told reporters on Friday.

The 24-year-old Diaz was named to the senior level $85,000-a-year state job last year. He previously served as spokesman for the 2012 campaign of Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican officials.

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