A court has told the former CEO and ousted board members of North Carolina’s largest regional mental health care agency to stay clear of the finances of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions since state officials have taken it over.

A Mecklenburg County judge signed an order Wednesday preventing ex-chief executive Richard Topping and the former board from interfering with actions by the Department of Health and Human Services for 10 days. DHHS also wants something more permanent.

The department took charge temporarily of Cardinal Innovations on Monday following recent audits chronicling what they called excessive spending, executive pay and severance packages.

A state attorney provided to the judge what was described as emails between Topping and the previous board chairwoman suggesting a plan afoot to block state access to Cardinal’s cash.