District Attorney's office investigating SUNY Upstate compensation controversy

The Onondaga County District Attorney has begun an investigation into the

compensation controversy

that led to SUNY Upstate Medical University President Dr. David Smith resigning.

DA Bill Fitzpatrick says his office has started reaching out to SUNY Upstate for documents related to Smith's compensation and his relationship with Medbest Medical Management Inc.

During The Talk Tonight on NBC3 News, Fitzpatrick said there is no allegation of criminal activity. His office is looking at the additional compensation that came from contracts with companies doing business at Upstate. Dr. Smith has not been charged with any crime.

On Friday, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced a

plan to bring greater accountability and transparency

to compensation for SUNY leaders.

Smith stepped down after reports emerged that he was accepting a substantial increase in his compensation from the Pediatrics Service Group, LLP, which was not approved, and involved himself in a deferred compensation plan through MedBest Medical Management, Inc., an entity affiliated with the Upstate University Health System. Zimpher says Smith received nearly $350,000. The two companies have been the beneficiaries of major multi-million dollar contracts with SUNY Upstate.