Audit: Houston-area agency misspent $27.5M

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal audit has determined a Houston-area housing agency misspent nearly $30 million over three years.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/14uXlPy) revealed Tuesday that inspectors from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found mismanagement by the Harris County Housing Authority has left it broke. The audit contends $27.5 million in federal housing funds were mismanaged.

Auditors say in the report released Friday that the agency spent $8 million on a veteran-themed waterfront development that was never built. They contend the authority's books were so disorganized it was hard to tell whether federal or local money was being spent.

The agency's executive director, Tom McCasland, says some of the expenses were for legitimate uses even if they were "bad business decisions."

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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